An exceptional oil painting still life of peonies by American artist Abbott Handerson Thayer (1849-1921). Thayer was born in Boston, Massachusetts and began his artistic training under amateur animal painter Henry D. Morse. He later studied at the Brooklyn Art School and the National Academy of Design, as well as traveling to Paris, studying at the Ecole des Beaux Arts under Henri Lehmann and Jean-Leon Gerome. In the 1890’s he returned to New York, setting up his studio there with increased popularity. He eventually settled in Dublin, New Hampshire, where he turned increasingly to the painting of landscapes and the study of nature. Thayer was an important founding member of the Dublin Art Colony and was also noted to be the inventor of camouflage. Thayer's work can be found in many museum collections and the Smithsonian had a comprehensive show of his work in 1999 with a catalog that can be seen online.
Oil on canvas, signed upper right, inscribed on verso stretcher “Property of Paul King, Stony Brook, L.I.,” and housed in a period giltwood frame. Provenance: A gift to artist Paul King from Thayer, descending through the King family. Good to excellent overall condition, with minimal imperfections. Please contact us directly for a complete condition report before purchasing. Dimensions: 20” h x 16” w, actual; 26” h x 22” w, framed.
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