Thomas Dewing was born in 1851. He apprenticed in a lithography shop before receiving formal art training in Boston in 1865 and Academie Julian in 1876-77. By 1880, Dewing established a studio in New York City and married the artist Maria Oakey. Together they painted in the East Hamptons, while Dewing taught at the Art Student League. Dewing is best known for his elegant, poetic women seemingly introspective in ethereal atmospheres. He used minimal color and is sometimes referred to as a Tonalist. In 1900, Dewing created a public mural in Detroit. He died in 1938.