Glow of Gold, Gleam of Pearl by William McGregor Paxton was created in 1906. The painting is in Indianapolis Museum of Art Newfields. The size of the work is 192,4 x 90,1 cm and is made of oil on canvas.
With its sinuous silhouette and theatrical pose, this figure is a powerful reminder of Paxton’s academic training in Paris. Yet instead of the smooth finish that lends French nudes their idealism, her skin is brushed with the ruddy reflections of nearby walls, giving it a sensuous realism. Paxton regarded this canvas as the masterpiece of his early career. It predates most of the elegant domestic scenes for which he and other Boston School painters are best known. Read more in Indianapolis Museum of Art.
About the Artist: American painter William McGregor Paxton was born in Baltimore. Paxton attended Cowles Art School on a scholarship he attained at the age of 18. He studied with Dennis Miller Bunker and Cowles and then went to Paris to study under Jean-Léon Gérôme, at École des Beaux-Arts. Paxton taught from 1906 to 1913 at the Museum of Fine Arts School and painted briefly at Fenway Studios in Boston. He worked at the Harcourt Street Studios in Boston and when it burned in 1904 he lost close to 100 paintings… Read more