Joseph T. Pearson Jr., Study in Gray

Joseph T. Pearson, Jr.: Study in Gray (1905) Oil on canvas
Study in Gray
Oil on canvas
Credit Line
Museum purchase with funds provided by the Verna Stein Estate and an anonymous donor, 1999
7' 7" x 49 ½"

A leading instructor in the arts, Pearson depicts his wife Emily Fetter. With his title, Study in Gray, he pays homage to  James Abbott McNeill Whistler, whose famous portrait known as Whistler's Mother, is actually titled Arrangement in Gray and Black No 1 (1871). By calling attention to the formal properties such as color, both artists seek to elevate the art of portraiture to a higher painterly resonance.

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

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