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Quarry

William Thon

American Art

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.
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
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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.
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