Wadsworth Atheneum

THOMAS WILMER DEWING, THE DAYS (DETAIL)

Thomas Dewing was a leading exponent of aestheticism, painting delicate works that are among the most poetic paintings of the late nineteenth-century. His canvases of the 1880s feature winged figures and monumental, classically inspired women, often in a literary context, and demonstrate the influence of the Pre-Raphaelite and aesthetic movements in England. The most important work by Dewing in the 1880s is his mural-size painting The Days. Ralph Waldo Emerson's  sonnet, The Days, was the literary motif that was the inspiration and provided the title for this work. The print is a detail showing two of the five women in the painting

Thomas W. Dewing  (American, 1851-1938)
The Days (detail), 1884-1886
Oil on canvas, 43 3/16 x 72 in.
Gift of the Estates of Louise Cheney and Anne W. Cheney, 1944.328
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT

Paper Size: 36 x 24 in.
Image Size: 29 x 19 in.

 

 

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