The Recitation

Thomas Wilmer Dewing American, 1851-1938
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The Recitation

1891

Thomas Wilmer Dewing

1851-1938

American

Unknown

Oil on canvas

Unframed: 30 × 55 inches (76.2 × 139.7 cm) Framed: 48 × 72 × 2 3/4 inches (121.9 × 182.9 × 7 cm)

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American Art before 1950

Detroit Museum of Art Purchase, Picture Fund

08.9

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Signed and dated, lower right: T. W. Dewing | 1891

Provenance

Private collector (London, England). Newman Montross Galleries

1908-present, purchase by the Detroit Museum of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA).

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Published References

Burroughs, C. H. "Purchase from Picture Fund. Painting by Thomas W. Dewing The Recitation is added to the Museum's Permanent Collection." Bulletin of the Detroit Museum of Art, 12,. 4 (October 1908): pp. 49-50, (ill.).

American Paintings. Exh. cat., Albright Art Gallery. Buffalo, 1909, cat. 60, p. 27 (ill.).

Exhibition of Oriental and American Art. Exh. cat., Alumni Memorial Hall, University of Michigan. Ann Arbor, 1910, no. 42 (ill.).

"Superb Exhibition of Oriental and American Art Held Under the Auspices of the Univertisty of Michigan and the Art Association of Ann Arbor." Academy Notes, Buffalo, 5, 3 (July 1910): p. 3.

Sixteenth Annual Exhibition. Exh. cat., The Carnegie Institute. Pittsburgh, 1912, cat. 1912.

Annual Exhibition of American Art. Exh. cat., Art Association of Indianapolis. Indianapolis, 1912, cat. 20.

Seventh Annual Exhibition of Selected American Paintings. Exh. cat., City Art Museum. St. Louis, 1912, cat. 35.

Inaugural Exhibition. Exh. cat., Museum of Art. Toledo, 1912, cat. 27.

Burroughs, Clyde H. "Thomas W. Dewing." Bulletin of the Detroit Museum of Art 7, 3 (July 1913): p. 52.

American Painting and Sculpture. Exh. cat., Museum of Modern Art. New York, 1932, no. 25.

American Painting/American Sculpture: Three Centuries. Exh. cat., The Wadworth Athenaeum. Hartford, no. 18.

Cahill, Holger, and Alfred H. Barr, Jr., eds. Art in America in Modern Times. New York, 1934.

Cahill, Holger, ed. Art in America. New York, 1935.

Romantic Painting in America. Exh. cat., Museum of Modern Art. New York, 1943, no. 76.

Pierson, William Henry, and Martha Davidson, eds. Arts of the United States: A Pictorial Survey. New York, 1960.

American Painting, 1865-1905. Exh. cat., The Art Gallery of Toronto. Toronto, 1961, no. 16 (pl. 17).

American Traditional Painters. Exh. cat., American Federation of the Arts. Traveling, 1962-1963.

Art of the United States: 1670-1966. Exh. cat., Whitney Museum of Art. New York, 1966, no. 70 (ill.).

Novak, Barbara. American Painting of the Nineteenth Century. New York: 1969, p. 246 (ill.).

Wilmerding, John. The Genius of American Painting. London, 1973, p. 186 (ill.).

McShine, Kynaston, ed. The Natural Paradise: Painting in America 1800-1950. Exh. cat., Museum of Modern Art. New York, 1976.

Pyne, Kathleen, "Classical Figures: A Three Panel, Folding Screen by Thomas Dewing," Bulletin of the DIA 59, 1 (1981): pp. 17-21 (ill.).

Boyle, Richard J. American Impressionism. Boston, 1974, pp. 130-132.

Brunk, Thomas W. "A Note on Charles Lang Freer." Bulletin of the DIA 59, 1 (Spring 1981): p. 21 (ill.).

Gerdts, William H. WilliamGlackens. New York, 1984, p. 177 (ill.).

Burns, Sarah. The Poetic Mode in American Painting: George Fuller and Thomas Dewing. Ph.D. diss., University of Illinois at Urbanan-Champaign, 1979.

Hobbs, Susan A. "Thomas Dewing in Cornish, 1885-1905." American Art Journal 17, 2 (Spring 1985): pp. 14-15 (ill.).

A Circle of Friends: Art Colonies of Cornish and Dublin. Exh. cat., University Art Galleries. Durham, 1985.

Schiller, Joyce. "Frame Designs by Stanford White." Bulletin of the DIA 64,1 (1988): pp. 20-31, (ill. fig. 9).

Pyne, Kathleen, Immanence, Transcendence, and Impressionism in Late 19th-Century American Painting, Ph.D. diss., University of Michigan, 1988, p. 270.

"Detroit Lends Dewing work to Richmond." News Leader Richmond, September 24, 1988.

Shapiro, Michael Edward, and Peter H. Hassrick. Frederick Remington: The Masterworks. New York, 1988, p. 64 (ill.).

Masterpieces from the Detroit Institute of Arts. Exh. cat., Bunkamura Museum of Art. Tokyo, 1989, no. 71, (ill.).

Pyne, Kathleen. Art and the Higher Life: Painting and Evolutionary Thought in Late Nineteenth-Century America. Austin, 1996, p. 159 (ill.).

Hobbs. Susan A. The Art of Thomas Wilmer Dewing: Beauty Reconfigured. Exh. cat., The Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, 1996, pp. 155-157 (ill.).

Burns, Sarah Lea. Inventing the Modern Artist: Art and Culture in Gilded Age America. New Haven, 1996, p. 70 (ill.).

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Thomas Wilmer Dewing, The Recitation, 1891, oil on canvas. Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit Museum of Art Purchase, Picture Fund, 08.9.

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