About This Artwork

Abbott Handerson Thayer
American, 1849-1921

Winged Figure, 1889

Oil on canvas
130.8 x 95.9 cm (51 1/2 x 37 3/4 in.)
Signed in lower right: "Abbott H. Thayer/ 1889"

Simeon B. Williams Fund, 1947.32

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

Buffalo Fine Arts Academy, Albright Art Gallery, Ninth Annual Exhibition of Selected Paintings by American Artists, May 16-August 31, 1914, cat. no. 113.

Washington, D.C., Corcoran Gallery of Art, Fifth Exhibition of Oil Paintings by Contemporary American Artists, December 15, 1914-January 24, 1915, cat. no. 71.

Pittsburgh, Pa., Carnegie Institute, Abbott H. Thayer, April 24-June 30, 1919, cat. no. 2, ill. opposite p. 30.

New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Memorial Exhibition of the Work of Abbott Handerson Thayer, March 20-April 30, 1922, cat. no. 32, ill.;

Washington, D.C., Corcoran Gallery of Art, Abbott H. Thayer Memorial Exhibition, May 9-31, 1922, cat. no. 21, ill.

New York, Gimbel Brothers, Turn of the Century American Paintings, December 1, 1946.

Syracuse, N.Y., Everson Museum, Abbott Handerson Thayer, September 17-November 7, 1982; traveled to New York, National Academy of Design, December 10-January 23, 1983.

Washington D.C., National Museum of American Art, Abbott Thayer: The Nature of Art, April 23-September 6, 1999.

Publication History

“The Summer Exhibition of American Paintings at the Albright Art Gallery,” Academy Notes 9 (July 1914), ill. p. 82.

Leila Mechlin, “The Albright Art Gallery,” Art and Progress, 5, 11 (September 1914), ill. p. 395.

Helen M. Beatty, “Abbot H. Thayer,” Scribner’s Magazine, 70, 3 (Septmeber 1921), p. 379-384, ill. opp. p. 259.

Helen M. Beatty, “Abbott H. Thayer,” American Magazine of Art, 12, 10 (1921), pp. 328-334, ill. p. 333.

Bulletin of Smith College Hillyer Art Gallery, March 30, 1922, ill. on cover.

Nathaniel Pousette-Dart, Abbot H. Thayer (New York: Frederick A. Stokes Co., 1923).

Smith College Handbook (1925), ill. p. 54.

Nelson C. White, Abbott H. Thayer, Painter and Naturalist (Hartford: Connecticut Printers, Inc., 1951), ill. p. 288.

Thomas B. Brumbaugh, “The Monumental Art of Abbott H. Thayer,” Antiques, 103 (June 1973) pp. 1134-1140, ill. p. 1137, fig. 6.

Thomas B. Brumbaugh, “An Artist and His Model: Abbott H. Thayer and Clara May,” American Art Journal, 10, 1 (May 1978), p. 24-32, ill. p. 24.

Georg Feurstein, Sacred Sexuality (Los Angeles: Jeremy P. Tarcher, Inc., 1993), ill.

Excerpts from Sister Serene’s Diary Concerning Her Journey from the Worldly Life to Becoming A Child of God (Santa Cruz, Calif.: Wilderness Retreat Center, 1994), ill.

Glenda Smith Walters, "This place That I Go..." (Xulon Press, 2012), cover (ill.).

Ownership History

Hillyer Art Gallery, Smith College, Northampton, Mass., 1889; Gimbel Brothers, New York, 1946; Julius H. Weitzner, New York, 1947; sold by him to the Art Institute, 1947.

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