Two Centuries: American Art

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Guy Pène Du Bois


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Guy Pène Du Bois

1884 - 1958


signed Guy Pène du Bois (lower left)

oil on canvas

canvas: 25 by 30 inches (63.5 by 76.2 cm)

framed: 31 ½ by 36 ½ inches (80 by 92.7 cm)

Painted in 1946.

This lot has been requested for inclusion in the forthcoming exhibition “Edward Hopper and Guy Pene du Bois: Painting the Real” at the Polk Museum of Art in Lakeland, Florida. This exhibition will run from 17 December 2022 – 17 March 2023. Please contact the department for more information.
Kraushaar Galleries, New York
Private collection, New York
Gift to the present owner from the above, 2016
Art News, vol. 45, no. 9, November 1946, p. 55, illustrated
Max Gottschalk, "New York Exhibitions: Du Bois," MKR's Art Outlook, vol. 1, no. 21, November 5, 1946, pp. 1, 4, illustrated
Margaret Breuning, "Du Bois Softens," Art Digest, vol. 21, no. 4, November 15, 1946, p. 13, illustrated
In a review of Guy Pène Du Bois' 1946 exhibition at Kraushaar Galleries in New York, in which the present work was shown, Margaret Breuning writes, "Du Bois's vivid pictorial imagination is so admirably supplemented by his high degree of technical skill that it is difficult to single out special items from this showing. Suspense is an admirable example of his ability to produce a dramatic moment with the utmost reticence of emotional expression. Two figures seated at a card table in the foreground become aware of a door opening at the back of the room. The sudden tenseness of their attention is inescapable. There is, moreover, a remarkable sense of spatial depth in the room that increases the effect of isolation of the two women" (as quoted in "Du Bois Softens," Art Digest, vol. 21, no. 4, November 15, 1946, p. 13).