Dale Weaver Totten

Untitled (Woman in a Theatre Dressing Room)

Watercolor and pencil.
Image and paper: 11 x 13 1/2 in.
Excellent condition.

Inventory number: DWT123
Signed by the artist in black ink.
Woman with short hair wearing a pink dress extends her leg upwards in a theatre dressing room.

Dale Weaver Totten (1938–2008) developed a distinct artistic style throughout his prolific and diverse career, from when he began exhibiting his artwork around 1960, until after he worked for The Walt Disney Company in the late 1970s and 1980s. His later artworks include original watercolors and drawings, which he created independently, and were an extension of his professional experience. His subjects are ordinary people engaged in everyday activities, and through the fluid lines of his pen, the artist captures the essence of their movements and their place in time.

This watercolor of a woman and her colleagues backstage in their dressing room speaks to Totten’s love of and interest in the arts generally, and more specifically, the theatre. The woman in the foreground, wearing a pink dress and extending her leg up as if for the express viewing pleasure of an unknown spectator, is the focal point of this painting. While it is difficult to say which chronological period Totten meant to portray, that certain elements recall the watercolors of French artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864–1901) places it roughly in the late-19th or early 20th century. For instance, Totten offers a glimpse of the wild lives lead by actors, dancers, and other performers during this time.

The Dale Weaver Totten Collection is available exclusively at Jewel Spiegel Gallery in Englewood, New Jersey. You may read the artist’s biography here.

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