Seated Lady in a Yellow Dress
“Gossamer” is the best term to describe Dewing’s ethereal and mystical works. Never has an artist created so much from so little. Upon close examination of his paintings and most particularly his pastels, one sees that he has woven an amazing vignette with just a few small strokes. Like a Chopin prelude, these works are deceptively simple. Elegant, spare and perfect.
Dewing is acknowledged to have been one of America’s leading artists. He was an important figure in the Aesthetic Movement and, despite the fact that he was not an impressionist, he was a member of The Ten.