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Monadnock
ca. 1911
oil
54.8 x 43.5 cm
Mr. and Mrs. Willard G. Clark



This version of Mount Monadnock combines Thayer's expression of the pure joy of paint on canvas with a careful rendering of the mountain's luminous crest. Thayer remarked, "The outline of this mountain against the sky is as sharp as steel. Many painters soften such outlines for the sake of 'atmosphere' but I can't make this one sharp enough."