Joseph T. Jr. Pearson, Emily
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