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Artist Biography: Thomas Wilmer Dewing

A concise biography of Dewing's life and work.

National Gallery of Art Micro Gallery
National Gallery of Art. Micro Gallery—National Gallery of Art. Online Content. Washington, D.C., 2004.

Thomas Wilmer Dewing
American, 1851-1938
Thomas Wilmer Dewing was best known for his portrayals of elegant, refined women posed within sparse interiors or outdoors in lush green fields. He drew inspiration from the work of Johannes Vermeer and James McNeill Whistler.

From an early age Dewing was interested in music, the theme of many of his later paintings. He was apprenticed to a lithographer and later studied painting at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Académie Julian in France.

In 1897 Dewing joined a group called The Ten, although his subdued, naturalistic technique had little in common with the more impressionistic work of other members. He continued to paint into the first quarter of the twentieth century, enjoying the patronage of notable collectors.

Education

High School

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