du Bois, Guy Pène

du Bois, Guy Pène

(gē pĕn dü bwä), 1884–1958, American painter and critic, b. Brooklyn, N.Y.; studied under William Chase and in Paris. In New York City after 1906 he worked as a reporter and art critic for various newspapers and edited Arts and Decoration. The wry humor of his early paintings of social manners gives way in later work to more somber presentations of human manners and mores. His paintings include Morning, Paris Café (Whitney Mus., New York City) and Restaurant Number 1 and Number 2 (Art Inst., Chicago).

Bibliography

See his autobiography, Artists Say the Silliest Things (1940).

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du Bois, Guy Pène

(1884–1958) painter; born in Brooklyn, N.Y. He studied with William Chase and Robert Henri in New York (1905). Beginning as a member of the Ashcan school of painting, which stressed social realism, he later changed his style. This more elegant and satirical approach may be seen in The Opera Box (1926).
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