Flower Studies

Copied Abbott Handerson Thayer, Flower Studies, ca. 1886, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of John Gellatly, 1929.6.116A-B
Free to use

Artwork Details

Flower Studies
ca. 1886
24 3818 14 in. (62.046.3 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of John Gellatly
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
  • Study
  • Landscape — plant — water lily
Object Number

Artwork Description

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.