Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Art Review - "Mount Monadnock" - Abbott Handerson Thayer - National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.

When is a painting finished? When it says what you want it to say.

For #museumtourtuesday, here is an astonishingly minimal landscape by Abbott Handerson Thayer from the National Gallery of Art that says so much about a scene without the need for detail. I can feel the coolness of the snow in the shade, and the warmth of the sun on the summit just by the artist's color choices. The trees are barely there, and yet I have a full sense of them from the painting.

Thayer clearly loved this mountain, as he not only organized the local community to protect Mount Monadnock from a group of private developers, but upon his death in 1921, his ashes were scattered upon its summit.

"Mount Monadnock" • Abbott Handerson Thayer • probably 1911/1914
• Oil on Canvas • 56.4 x 61.4 cm
Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

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