William Thon (1906-2000)

November, 1977
Gift of Helen Thon



One of Maine's most highly respected artists, William Thon enjoyed a long and full career as an abstract expressionist artist.

Thon first earned national attention with the acceptance of one of his oil paintings, The Creek, into the prestigious 1939 Corcoran Biennial, a juried art show. Even following his enlistment in the US Navy, Thon's works continued to enjoy success, including a showing of one piece in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

After winning the Prix de Rome in 1947, Thon and his wife were able to travel to Europe for one year. It was there that Thon's primarily dark early style began to adopt the vibrant colors that would mark his later works. This new vibrance was reflected in many of his Maine landscapes. (Thon moved to Maine in 1945.)

Thon continued his watercolor works until his death at 94 years of age in 2000.

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