Thomas Wilmer Dewing

1851-1938 America-Tonalism

 

Brief Biography-Thomas Wilmer Dewing from Boston, studied in the Museum School of Fine Arts; he also played the violin as an interest in music. He worked as a portraitist and lithographer before going to Paris to study at the Académie Julian for a three-year period. There he was tutored by Jules Lefebvre and Gustave Boulanger. His style of work was described as tonalism, but mostly of women rather than landscape painting which was the typical subject in tonalism. He also did murals, his most noted one was in the Detroit Savings Bank.
He married the successful artist Maria Oakey Dewing and settled in Long Island whilst teaching at the Art Students League of New York. He later taught at the National Academy of Design in New York and joined the group of Ten American Painters. Amongst them were John Twachtman and Childe Hassam whose painting ‘Avenue in the Rain’ hangs in the Oval Office. Dewing was the only painter not regarded as an impressionist in the group.
The wealthy collector Charles Lang Freer bought many of his works and engaged him in the purchasing of his collection.
He died in Cornish, New Hampshire eleven years after his wife Maria died in New York.

 

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Alma

Alma

Dawn

Dawn

Antoinette

Antoinette

Sunrise

Sunrise

Reading

Reading

Frances Houston

Frances C Houston

Reclining

Reclining Figure of a Girl

Lady in Gold

Lady in Gold

Hymen

Hymen-The Greek Goddess of Marriage and the Wedding Feast

In the Garden

In the Garden

Lady in White

Lady in White

Garrett Frieze

Garrett Frieze

Summer

Summer

Lady with a Cello

Lady with a Cello

Spring

Spring

Lady with a Lute

Lady with a Lute

Lady with a Rose

Lady with a Rose

The Gossip

The Gossip

The Music Lesson

The Music Lesson

The Hermit Thrush

The Hermit Thrush

The Lute

The Lute

Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman

The Piano

The Piano

The Necklace

The Necklace

The Spinner

The Spinner