Arts Everyday Living: Women in Art–Maria Oakey Dewing, A Springtime of Bountiful Flowers

Maria Oakey Dewing, Garden in May, 1895, oil on canvas, 23 5/8 and 32 1/2 inches, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, Gift of John Gellatly, 1929

Title: Garden in May, 1895

Artist: Maria Oakey Dewing (1845-1927)

It may be only April, but who can resist Garden in May no matter what the time of year. Its artist Maria Oakey Dewing, whose husband and colleague Thomas Wilmer Dewing (1851-1938) was the subject of our previous blog (see: Tuesday, April 9, 2024). Here are some Fast Facts about her life and career:

Born Maria Oakey in 1845 in New York City; death in 1927, New York City. Studied at the Cooper Union School of Design for Women and the National Academy of Design, then with Thomas Couture (who also taught Mary Cassatt) in France. Marries Dewing in 1881; although achieving recognition for her work, she was said to have felt overshadowed by eventual success of her husband.

A Garden in New Hampshire: For some 20 years, the Dewings spent summers in Cornish, New Hampshire where Maria created works like Garden in May above and other extraordinary floral displays, often overflowing with a variety of flowers such as roses, carnations, irises, poppies, among others.

Source: Website of the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C.




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