Woman in a Yellow Dress

Woman in a Yellow Dress

Artist: Painted by Jenny Delony [1885-1949]
Type: Oil on Canvas
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Size/Dimensions: H: 29.5", W: 23.5"
Origin: Gift of Irene Delony Morse and Diane Len Vibhakar
Accession Number: 95.79.1

Jenny Delony was the first female artist from Arkansas to rise to national and international prominence as a painter. Born in 1885 in Washington, Arkansas, she was one of the first American artists to get "native" training in oil painting during the 1880s, a study she initiated under William Merritt Chase [1849-1916] in New York in 1881-1882. Through her contacts with Chase and other artists, and in combination with her native talent, Jenny exhibited her work at the prestigious National Academy of Design. Delony also attended the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris in 1896, the first year women were admitted for instruction. Later, she established the first art degree program at the University of Arkansas and was the first Director of Art at the University of Arkanasas in Fayetteville, from the fall of 1897 to the spring of 1900. Soon after she returned to live and work in New York City. She was married twice, and had no children. Jenny Delony died in 1949 in Little Rock.

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Woman in a Yellow Dress