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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)
SIGNATURE Signed twice: lower right: "Thon" in matte black watercolor and lower right: "Thon" in what appears to be India ink
CREDIT LINE Dick S. Ramsay Fund
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
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