This oil painting, Modern Oriental by American artist Guy Pène Du Bois, joined the Mead’s collection in 1953. Pène Du Bois studied with fellow American painter and leading figure of the Ashcan School Robert Henri. Henri’s Salome Dancer (below) joined the Mead’s collection in 1973.
The differences are obvious. For instance, Pène Du Bois’ subject sits hunched with her head down, as if she’s in a corner and doesn’t want anyone to notice her, whereas Salome stands proud and defiant, flaunting her figure, most likely onstage.
But there are obvious similarities, too, such as the artist’s selective color choices: black, creamy whites, and hunter greens. And both Pène Du Bois and Henri render their muses with bold brushstrokes and what looks to be thickly applied paint.