Eye Candy for Today: Thayer’s Roses

Roses, Abbott Handerson Thayer
Roses, Abbott Handerson Thayer

On Google Art Project. Downloadable high-res image on Wikimedia Commons. Original is in the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

I’ve had the pleasure of seeing this piece in person; if you’re at the Smithsonian, it’s worth seeking out (not that there aren’t other treasures aplenty in the same collection.)

According to The Gilded Age: Treasures from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, on seeing this piece, painter Thomas Dewing remarked: “Beautiful Roses, Thayer, but why did you put them in an ash barrel?”

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