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Abbott Handerson Thayer
Roses
1890
oil
22 3/8 x 31 3/8 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of John Gellatly



“A bowl of roses in Thayer's hands becomes more than a flower-piece; it is a glimpse into the very center of beauty."”The critic who wrote this was aware of Thayer's rare ability to apply paint in a fresh and fluid way, bringing these pink and white tea roses to life.