Joseph T. Jr. Pearson, Emily

Joseph T. Pearson, Jr.: Emily (1906) Oil on canvas
Title
Emily
Date
1906
Medium
Oil on canvas
Credit Line
Purchased with funds provided by the Verna Stein Estate and an anonymous donor, 1999
Dimensions
7' 7" x 48"

A leading instructor in the arts in Philadelphia, Pearson depicts his wife Emily Fetter. Her dark clothing blends into the painting’s mostly black background such that her face, hands, fan, the bottom edge of a skirt, and slipper stand out against the otherwise dark composition. Pearson was much inspired by the work of James Abbott McNeill Whistler, whose “nocturnes” encouraged a generation of American artists to experiment with the mysterious effects on dark compositions.

 After Emily’s death in 1948, Pearson married fellow artist Alice Kent Stoddard; both were dedicated volunteers at Woodmere

 

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