Guy Pène du Bois, ‘Billy’, circa 1941, Doyle
Guy Pène du Bois, ‘Billy’, circa 1941, Doyle

Condition: Strip-lined, very minor inpaint visible under UV exam. Treatment Performed (Summer 2017) 1. Consolidate areas of flaking paint with BEVA 371. 2. Remove grime layer from painting. 3. Edge-line painting with linen strips adhered with BEVA 371 4. Restretch and place into tension. 5. Fill small area of paint loss with Modostuc filler 6. Apply new varnish of BEVA varnish (Regalrez resin with U V stabilizer). 7. Minor retouching as necessary with resin colors (Maimeri). A small label on the stretcher reads "Du Bois / K-W 50 / NFS

Signature: Signed Guy Pene du Bois (lr); initialed GPB on the reverse; inscribed as titled on an exhibition label from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts on the reverse

Philadelphia, PA, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Thirty-Sixth Annual Exhibition, 1941, no. 1631

The artist
By descent to William Pene du Bois, his son
By descent to Willa Kim, his wife

About Guy Pène du Bois

Named for his father’s friend, author Guy de Maupassant, Guy Pène du Bois was raised among the cultural elite, who would become a frequent subject of his work. In 1899, he entered the New York School of Art; there, he learned his loose, gestural handling of paint from William Merritt Chase, while Robert Henri inspired him to work from contemporary life. A keen social observer, he deftly captured the pretensions and preoccupations of the day with gentle irony in his simplified, stylized figures. Active in the New York art scene in the early 20th century, he was a member of the Society of Independent Artists and the Whitney Studio Club, as well as a teacher at the Art Students League and critic. On du Bois’ death, Edward Hopper wrote, “He certainly was the best friend I had in art.”

American, 1884-1958