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Guy Pène Du Bois

Guy Pène Du Bois


Nationality: American

In 1924, after nearly two decades of writing art criticism and illustrating for New York magazines, Guy Pène du Bois moved to Paris with his wife, Floy, and their children. Here, he immersed himself in an expatriate community, relishing the plethora of urbane subjects for articles and paintings in the cafes, galleries, and theaters around him. Pène du Bois's mature social realist painting style emerged in Paris: sculptural, stylized, and impassive figures in fashionable settings, which recall images fromVanity Fair and the New Yorker and evoke the shallow beauty of the Roaring Twenties. Indeed, his elegant but psychologically distant figures, almost mannequins, mirror the iconic Jazz-Age characters in novels by F. Scott Fitzgerald, another American expat in Paris and Pène du Bois's former neighbor in Westport, Connecticut. Like the French illustrator Jean-Louis Forain, Pène du Bois utilized in his work both gentle humor and an air of mystery to comment on the relationships of modern society.

Eager to make money during the 1930s, Pène du Bois returned to America and taught at the Art Students League, accepted WPA mural commissions, and began painting more portraits, many of women posed in chairs. Unlike his earlier caricature-like portraits, these works exhibit more sculptural forms, brighter colors, and loose brushwork, while maintaining an air of dramatic tension.


Guy Pène Du Bois Original Art Values Sold at Auction

Item Realized
GUY PÈNE DU BOIS (American, 1884-1958) The Artist's Wife, 1928 Oil on canvas 36 x 29 inches (91.4 x 73.7 cm) Sign...
GUY PÈNE DU BOIS (American, 1884-1958)The Artist's Wife, 1928Oil on canvas36 x 29 inches (91.4 x 73.7 cm)Signed ...
Lot 64151
Auction 5136
Saturday, May 11, 2013
GUY PÈNE DU BOIS (American, 1884-1958) Addressing the Jury, 1947 Oil on masonite 19-3/4 x 25 inches (50.2 x 63.5...
GUY PÈNE DU BOIS (American, 1884-1958)Addressing the Jury, 1947Oil on masonite19-3/4 x 25 inches (50.2 x 63.5 cm)...
Lot 68126
Auction 5198
Monday, November 17, 2014
GUY PÈNE DU BOIS (American, 1884-1958) Backyard Oil on canvas 22-1/8 x 18 inches (56.2 x 45.7 cm)
GUY PÈNE DU BOIS (American, 1884-1958)BackyardOil on canvas22-1/8 x 18 inches (56.2 x 45.7 cm)...
Lot 68098
Auction 5211
Saturday, May 2, 2015
GUY PÈNE DU BOIS (American, 1884-1958) Girl in Striped Sweater, circa 1938 Oil on canvas 36 x 29 inches (91.4 x 7...
GUY PÈNE DU BOIS (American, 1884-1958)Girl in Striped Sweater, circa 1938Oil on canvas36 x 29 inches (91.4 x 73.7 ...
Lot 64048
Auction 5149
Thursday, December 5, 2013
GUY PÈNE DU BOIS (American, 1884-1958) Hayfield Oil on canvas 18 x 22 inches (45.7 x 55.9 cm) Signed lower left:...
GUY PÈNE DU BOIS (American, 1884-1958)HayfieldOil on canvas18 x 22 inches (45.7 x 55.9 cm)Signed lower left: G...
Lot 64152
Auction 5136
Saturday, May 11, 2013

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