Thomas Wilmer Dewing / Girl with Cello / about 1900Thomas Wilmer Dewing
Girl with Cello
about 1900

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Creator Name: Dewing, Thomas Wilmer
Creator Nationality: North American; American
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1851 - 1938
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: Thomas Wilmer Dewing
Title: Girl with Cello
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1898
Creation End Date: 1902
Creation Date: about 1900
Object Type: Drawings and Watercolors
Materials and Techniques: pastel on dark brown wove paper, fully mounted on wood panel
Dimensions: H.10-1/4 x W.10-3/4 in. (sheet)
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 70.61.18
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Frederick Weyerhaeuser

Dewing's portrayal of an elegant young woman playing the cello typifies his work in pastel, a medium he first explored in the early 1890s. His presentation and style of drawing were inspired in part by the ethereal pastels of the American artist James McNeill Whistler, who like Dewing, also chose sheets of dark brown paper for his portraits of women at leisure. In fact, this type of paper was commonly known as "Whistler paper." And like Whistler, Dewing used the paper's deep tone as a ground for building his diaphanous images that seem to emerge from the shadow into light. With careful attention paid to color harmonies, the completed effect is one of a romantic dream world, where time and logic are suspended in favor of a subjective and intimate vision of beauty.

AMICA ID: MIA_.70.61.18
Component Measured: sheet
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 2001
Media Metadata Rights: ?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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