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Guy Pene DuBois
American, (1884–1958)
The son of a writer on art and music, Guy Pene du Bois (1884 - 1958) was both painter and critic. Exposed to the art world at an early age, he studied at the Chase School in New York, and later with Robert Henri and Kenneth Hayes Miller. He was an exhibitor at the Armory Show in 1913. Pene du Bois was a sophisticated insider whose subject matter showed society members at the theater, art galleries, in restaurants and in other urban settings. Placed in groups of two or three together, his subjects nonetheless always seem to be isolated. His work also had a sense of satire, sometimes subtle, sometimes quite direct. Du Bois simplified his forms by reducing them to pure geometric volumes and used broad areas of modulated color.
Studio Window was painted in 1928 during a trip to Italy when Pene du Bois visited the small village of Anticoli, a site visited by many artists because of its charm. Du Bois chose to show an interior view with his model gazing out at a non-descript landscape. Her downward cast eyes and mouth convey a sense of melancholy and isolation. The window is more a barrier to the outside world than it is a transparent entrance to it.

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