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Artwork Spotlight: The Rose by Maria Richards Oakey Dewing

Sunday, March 29, 2020

2:00pm - 2:05pm

Maria Richards Oakey Dewing, born in New York in 1845, was a well respected artist who studied at Cooper Union School of Design for Women and the National Academy of Design in New York. Her work often centered on flowers, gardens and nature.

Like many women of her time, however, she was eventually subsumed by the responsibilities of caring for her family, including her husband, Thomas Wilmer Dewing, an accomplished artist in his own right. She died in 1945 at the age of 82, regretting that she was never able to fully pursue her art. "I have hardly touched any achievement," she wrote in a letter the year she died. "I dreamed of groups and figures in big landscapes and I still see them."

We hope you enjoy this Artwork Spotlight from the Taubman Museum of Art's permanent collection.

Maria Richards Oakey Dewing (American, 1845-1927), The Rose, 1905, Oil on canvas, Collection of the Taubman Museum of Art, Acquired with Funds Provided by the Horace G. Fralin Charitable Trust, 1999.002