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Woman in a White Dress

By Drharrietd @drharrietd


As you may know, I'm constantly on the lookout for interesting paintings to show you on here. The blog has a regular Saturday art slot, which usually includes women reading, or writing, or something along those lines. But though its not Saturday, I'm sharing this one today because I thought it so strange and unsettling and didn't want to keep it to myself.

This is Thomas DewingThe White Dress, 1901. Dewing (1851-1938) was an American artist, who apparently has a whole room to himself in the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC. I haven't been able to find any commentary online about this particular painting, but can you see what I mean about it being unsettling? It's something to do with the relationship between the two figures. The seated woman seems to be deliberately keeping her back turned, and the white-dressed woman appears to have her hands on her hips, as if she's annoyed. What is going on, I wonder? Are they quarrelling? Is it a wedding dress? No idea. But he's a fascinating artist and you'll be seeing more of him soon.

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