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Flower Studies

ca. 1886 Abbott Handerson Thayer Born: Boston, Massachusetts 1849 Died: Dublin, New Hampshire 1921 oil on canvas 24 3/8 x 18 1/4 in. (62.0 x 46.3 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of John Gellatly 1929.6.116A-B Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Abbott Handerson Thayer grew up surrounded by nature in Keene, New Hampshire, and for the rest of his life sought refuge in rural places and fresh air. Even though he was part of the New York art scene in the 1880s, he lived with his family outside of the city in several towns along the Hudson River. This study of water- and trumpet lilies, with its bright colors and quick brushstrokes, shows his method of working out the details of the flowers before placing them in a final composition.


Landscape - plant - lily

Landscape - plant - water lily



paint - oil

fabric - canvas