A Man


Sidney Edward Dickinson ( American, 1890 - 1980 )

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General Description

Sidney Edwin Dickinson made his greatest contributions to American art as a teacher in New York City at the Art Students League and National Academy of Design. As a young man, he trained at these institutions and then spent several years traveling and working as a manual laborer before returning to New York for his professional painting career. Dickinson preferred to paint his colleagues and his friends, and he specialized in the alla prima technique, which requires hastily laying down oil paint in a single sitting rather than applying multiple layers over time. This wet-on-wet technique gives a marked vitality to Dickinson's unknown sitter, as does the dramatic lighting and the figure's upturned gaze.

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Emily Schiller, DMA label text, 2017

Web Resources

Sidney E. Dickinson, Portrait of Paul P. Juley
Check out another portrait by Sidney Edward Dickinson at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.