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CHARLES MELVILLE DEWEY (1849-1937) fine American color drawing

CHARLES MELVILLE DEWEY (1849-1937) fine American color drawing

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Directory: Fine Art: Drawings: Pre 1920: Item # 1434274
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An accomplished colored pencil drawing of a watery landscape, the sun reflecting off those waters, 6 1/2" by 4" (17 1/2" by 15" framed), signed in pencil lower left by the noted American artist CHARLES MELVILLE DEWEY (1849-1937). Dewey was born in northwestern New York state between the Adirondacks and Buffalo. Confined to bed as a youngster by a hip injury, he studied art. By the mid 1870's he was studying at the National Academy and shortly thereafter, in Paris with Carolus-Duran, who he assisted on a ceiling painting project at the Louvre. By 1878 Dewey was back in New York City, where he maintained a studio and gave painting lessons. The artist is known today as a Tonalist in oil and watercolor, recognized for his poetic landscapes with trees, often set in moody evening or late afternoon light. Most works are of American subject matter, especially Long Island, but there are works of English subject matter by his hand, from the time spent there. He was made a member of the National Academy in 1907. The present drawing is in amazingly fresh condition and is tastefully framed with an ornate French mat and a high quality gilt frame, which has acquired some wear in the course of its apparently active history of changing dealer hands; affixed to the backing are the business cards of a number of well respected Central and Southern California art dealers who have owned the work over the past thirty or so years. **This delicate and ethereal drawing proved a challenging subject to photograph; I have intentionally had to darken some of the images so as to make the drawing more visible on the computer screen.** Jonathan Berg