DescriptionJEROME THOMPSON (American, 1814-1886)
Riverbank in Bloom, 1865
Oil on canvas
18 x 15 inches (45.7 x 38.1 cm)
Signed and dated lower left: Jerome Thompson / 1865
THE JEAN AND GRAHAM DEVOE WILLIFORD CHARITABLE TRUST
Massachusetts-born landscape painter Jerome Thompson was born into an artistic family, but had a terrible time trying to follow his desire to become a painter. His father, Cephas Thompson, was distinguished portraitist, who not only refused to give Jerome art lessons but destroyed his early paintings because he wanted him to be a farmer. As a youth, Jerome decided to move with his sister to Barnstable, Massachusetts, and earned money as a sign and portrait painter. He painted Daniel Webster, and Abraham Quary, the last surviving member of the Nantucket Indian tribe. In 1835, he opened a portrait studio in New York City, but a landscape, A Pic Nick, Camden, Maine, that he entered in the 1850 National Academy exhibit, changed the direction of his painting because it got so much positive reaction. After painting genre scenes for a couple years, Thompson went to England in 1852 for a few years of independent study. It is interesting to speculate about what he saw there, but certainly upon his return his work began acquiring the meticulousness, rich color, and attention to texture that characterizes the work of the British Pre-Raphaelites. Indeed the present painting, produced at the close of the Civil War, can nearly be termed American Pre-Raphaelitism in its remarkable emphasis on fine draftsmanship and jewel-like color.
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