Artist Birthdays, August 12: ABBOTT HANDERSON THAYER

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ABBOTT H. THAYER (August 12, 1849 – May 29, 1921)

  • Nationality: American
  • Field: Painting
  • Art Movement: Naturalism
  • ARTiFact: Nicknamed the “father of camouflage,” his book about protective coloration in nature – Concealing Coloration in the Animal Kingdom (1909) – had a widespread impact on the use of military camouflage during World War I.
  • Artist Quote: “The whole basis of picture making consists in contrasting against its background every object in the picture.”
  • Important Artwork (shown below): The Virgin (detail), 1893.

Abbott Handerson Thayer. The Virgin (detail). 1893.

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