Rather than working a watercolor rapidly, the mid-twentieth-century landscape watercolorist William Thon tended to devote numerous sessions of work to each sheet, always painting indoors, where he could best control the drying rates of washes and ink drawings. As a result, Thon’s watercolors have denser, more built-up surfaces than the modernist watercolors of the teens and twenties. Thon particularly liked the interplay of the successive layers of wash and ink and the fortuitous blurring that often occurred.
- Artist: William Thon, American, 1906-2000
- Medium: Watercolor and perhaps India ink on paper
- Dates: ca. 1952
- Dimensions: 27 1/2 x 41 in. (69.9 x 104.1 cm) (show scale)
- Signature: Signed twice: lower right: "Thon" in matte black watercolor and lower right: "Thon" in what appears to be India ink
- Collections:American Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 53.144
- Credit Line: Dick S. Ramsay Fund
- Rights Statement: © Portland Museum of Art, Maine. All rights reserved.
- Caption: William Thon (American, 1906-2000). Quarry, ca. 1952. Watercolor and perhaps India ink on paper, 27 1/2 x 41 in. (69.9 x 104.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Dick S. Ramsay Fund, 53.144. © Portland Museum of Art, Maine. All rights reserved.
- Record Completeness: Good (65%)