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The Letter

Artist:
Thomas Wilmer Dewing (1851–1938)
Date:
1895–1900
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
20 1/4 x 16 in. (51.4 x 40.6 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1910
Accession Number:
10.82
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 766
Boston-born and Paris-trained Thomas Wilmer Dewing is known as an "artist’s artist," given the lifetime appeal of his refined work to a select audience. In "The Letter," Dewing embraces his favorite theme—a contemplative woman in a genteel environment. The work’s aesthetic quietism has many sources: the intimate interiors of the Dutch Old Master Jan Vermeer; the formal arrangements of Japanese prints; and the simplified pictorial design and limited palette of the American expatriate James McNeill Whistler. "The Letter" retains its elaborate original frame—designed by Dewing’s close friend, the architect Stanford White—as do the other paintings on this wall.
Signature: [at lower left]: T W Dewing
the artist, until 1910
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