From New York to Nebo: The Artistic Journey of Eugene by Martha R. Severens

By Martha R. Severens

A made from the industrialized New South, Eugene Healan Thomason (1895–1972) made the compulsory pilgrimage to manhattan to improve his paintings schooling and release his profession. Like such a lot of different aspiring American artists, he understood that town provided remarkable own opportunities—prestigious colleges, groundbreaking academics, and an intoxicating cosmopolitan milieu—for a promising younger painter within the early Twenties. The patronage of 1 of the nation's strongest tycoons afforded him front to the popular artwork scholars League, the place he fell below the impression of the major contributors of the Ashcan university, together with Robert Henri, John Sloan, and George Luks. In all Thomason spent a decade within the urban, adopting—and finally adapting—the Ashcan movement's gritty real looking aesthetic right into a exact regionalist sort that used thick paint and easy topic matter.

Eugene Thomason lower back to the South within the early Thirties, dwelling first in Charlotte, North Carolina, sooner than settling in a small Appalachian crossroads known as Nebo. For the following thirty-plus years, he mined the agricultural landscape's rolling terrain and region citizens for suggestion, discovering there an abundance of colourful imagery extra evocative—and extra in my view resonant—than the urbanism of latest York. portray whilst such recognized Regionalists as Thomas Hart Benton and furnish wooden, Eugene Thomason embraced and convincingly portrayed his personal zone, changing into the visible spokesman for that position and its people.

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