Like his Boston School teachers and contemporaries, Thompson worked in a range of subjects and varied his artistic approach depending on his theme and the environment. His outdoor landscapes and seascapes, such as Parasols and Perambulator on Beach, are free and spontaneous in execution, revealing his embrace of the principles of Impressionism practiced by Tarbell, Benson, and other Boston artists involved with the movement. Working en plein air and using painterly strokes of high-keyed color, he interpreted the effects of brilliant sunlight radiating down on groups of beachgoers, and reflecting off the cresting surf and windblown seas beyond. His interpretation of atmosphere is palpable and places the viewer in the scene; one can almost hear the soothing sound of lapping waves and the calls of the seagulls overhead, and feel the warmth of the salty air found at this summertime coastal retreat.
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Richard Bourne Auction, August 1970
To private dealer
To Vose Galleries, Boston, inventory no. 23355, August 1970
To private collection, Hartford, Connecticut, September 1971 to July 1982
To Vose Galleries, Boston, inventory no. 27123, July 1982
To private collection, Cambridge, Massachusetts, August 1982 to August 1983
To Vose Galleries, Boston, inventory no. 27407, August 1983
To private collection, Dayton, Ohio, September 1983 to present
1). Previous Vose Galleries label, inventory no. 27407
2). (stamp) From / Vose Galleries / of Boston, Inc. / 238 Newbury St.