Costume Dance


Guy Pène Du Bois ( American, 1884 - 1958 )

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General Description

Born in New York in 1884, Guy Pène Du Bois was of aristocratic ancestry. He studied painting with Robert Henri, but it was as a student in Paris that he achieved the style he used so effectively as a weapon with which to puncture complacency of mediocre people, the vulgar, rich, and foolish. Du Bois, along with John Sloan, George Bellows, and Edward Hopper, is often considered an upholder of a renovated and simplified realism in American art. Chester Dale, the donor of this and another Du Bois painting in the Dallas Museum of Art collection, was a key supporter of the artist's career.

Adapted from

DMA Acquisition proposal (Chester Dale Gifts), 1963.

Web Resources

  • Guy Pène Du Bois: The Twenties at Home and Abroad
    Betsy's Fahlman's essay for a 1994 exhibition at the Westmoreland Museum of Art (Greenburg, PA) summarizes Du Bois' career and offers additional insight on his depictions of couples.

  • Guy Pène Du Bois: The 1920s
    Check out Richard Armstrong's essay in the Whitney Museum of American Art's exhibition catalogue available through the Internet Archive.

  • Life (June 20, 1949)
    Look through this 1949 Life magazine feature on Guy Pène Du Bois.