Thayer’s Tangled Trees

Abbott Thayer was an American painter lucky enough to live thru that period of time that produced so many great painters.  This of course is my opinion; someone else might think the mid 20th century produced some of the finest painters, but I keep going to those early 20th century paintings to drool over and think it would have been heaven to live amongst their creators.  Of course, I would probably have lived in Georgia on a dirt farm and would never have had the opportunity to hear of them much less meet them, but the works of (relatively obscure to the general public and those who have never studied art history) painters such as Dewing, Tarbell, Hassam, or Lilla Cabot Perry (women get the whole name typed out) to the works of more well known artists like Sargent and Chase, are among the most fabulous paintings ever.   Don’t tell the French, but I think they are every bit as marvelous as those Impressionists you hear so much about.

Anyway,Thayer did a series of beautiful angels that you may have actually seen before, but he also did a series with his son, Gerald Thayer, of wildlife  showing how camouflaged they are in their natural habitat.  Seems he even collaborated with the government to create camouflage for the army.

I chose a small portion of tangled tree limbs of Gerald’s painting, Male Ruffled Grouse in the Forest as inspiration for this piece of tangled thread stitching I finished yesterday.

If you are unfamiliar with the artists I mentioned above, take a few minutes and look up their works.  I am sure you will be as awed by them as I am.


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One Response to “Thayer’s Tangled Trees”

  1. joanne thieme huffman Says:

    I love these bare tree limbs – very fall. Your skill in thread painting inspires me.

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