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    HARRY IVES THOMPSON (American, 1840-1906)
    Two Cows in a Pasture
    Oil on canvas
    18-1/4 x 21-3/4 inches (46.4 x 55.2 cm)
    Signed lower left: H. Thompson

    THE JEAN AND GRAHAM DEVOE WILLIFORD CHARITABLE TRUST


    Connecticut-born Harry Ives Thompson was a talented painter of landscapes, pastoral subjects, and portraits whose works are characterized by a sophisticated brushwork and lightness of touch. In the present painting, a pair of cows in a brisk green landscape are rendered with a squarish brush; the short choppy brush marks follow the form of the animal to simulate the texture and many directions of the hair as it stands up on the hide. It is accomplished wet-in-wet and looks as though it was simply dashed off--effects which belie the incredible observational and painterly skill in matching color, and rendering convincing highlight and shadow on the form. The landscape and sky are created with a complex matrix of splotches, lines and dots which coalesce into the convincing confusion of looking at a field on a hazy sunny day. Thompson studied with Benjamin Coe (Frederic Church's first teacher) in 1861, exhibited at the National Academy of Design from 1877 to 1890, and painted both in England and France in addition to his native Connecticut.


    Condition Report*: Original unlined canvas and original stretcher. Rather recently cleaned and revarnished. Under UV examination there are a few spots on inpaint in the sky, a few spots of paint which fluoresce light green to the right of the cows (invisible in daylight). Very little restoration of any kind.
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    May, 2013
    11th Saturday
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