Thomas Dewing USA

5-4-1851 Boston, USA - 11-5-1938 New York, USA

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Dewing, Thomas

Thomas Dewing was a lithographic apprentice as a boy. He studied at the Académie Julian in Paris with Gustave Boulanger and Jules Lefebvre beginning in 1887.

He moved to New York in 1880 where he met and married Maria Oakey Dewing, an accomplished painter with extensive formal art training and familial links with the art world. The Dewings spent their summers at the Cornish Art Colony in New Hampshire from 1885 to 1905.

Upon his return to the United States from France in 1878, Dewing returned to Boston. The following year he painted Morning, a composition of two women dressed in Renaissance gowns. He began teaching at the Art Students League of New York in 1881, the same year he married Maria Oakley.

Thomas Dewing is best known for his tonalist paintings, a genre of American art that was rooted in English Aestheticism. Dewing's preferred vehicle of artistic expression is the refined, aristocratic female figure situated in a moody and dreamlike surrounding. Dewing's sensitively portrayed figures have a detachment from the viewer that keeps the spectator a remote witness to the scene rather than a participant.

He was elected into the National Academy of Design in 1888. Dewing was a founding member of the Ten American Painters in 1898, a group of artists who seceded from the Society of American Artists in 1897.

His works are in private collections and museums in the United States. Thomas Dewing was noted for his figure paintings of aristocratic women. He was a founding member of the Ten American Painters and taught at the Art Students League of New York. At the Freer Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, a room is devoted to Dewing's paintings.

Art Movement: Tonalism
Influences: Gustave Boulanger, Jules Lefebvre
Traveled: France
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