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Image of Jane

Courtesy the Estate of Guy Pène du Bois and James Graham & Sons, New York


ca. 1946
30 x 24 in. (76.2 x 61 cm)

Guy Pène du Bois
United States (Boston, MA, 1884 - 1958, Brooklyn, New York)

Object Type: Painting
Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: Gift of Thomas H. and Marion J. Hawks, by exchange
Accession Number: 1998.36
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Location: Not currently on view

Critic and painter Guy Pène du Bois continued the Realist, urban tradition of the Ash Can School painters, but peopled his canvases with more urbane elegant, and at times, mysterious, figures.

Jane is one of his quintessential creations. An enigmatic figure appears to step out of a shadow, perhaps in a restaurant or nightclub, perhaps inside or outside, in America or abroad. She is fashionably thin, well-dressed, and bejeweled, and yet for all her apparent material comfort, she manifests a sense of isolation and anxiety, expressed by her hands, her cast down eyes, and a downward turn of the mouth. Pène du Bois' intriguing contrasts of light and dark areas within the painting contribute to the sense of unease that the figure expresses. The painting's mood certainly reflects the artist's admiration of Edward Hopper.

[Gallery label text, 2003]

Artist; to his daughter Yvonne Pène du Bois McKenney (1913-1997), New York; her estate; James Graham & Sons (dealers), New York; given by exchange to the Gallery in 1998

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Seeing America Inservice Materials from a teacher in-service presentation Spring 2008
Seeing America Chapter on Guy Pène du Bois' Jane, written by Betsy Fahlman.

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