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Maine on Paper

Fri, May 10, 2019 11:00AM EDT
Lot 5

William Thon (1906-2000): Maine Forest

Estimate: $300 - $400
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Watercolor and gouache on paper, signed 'Thon' lower right.

29 1/2 x 21 in. (sheet), unframed.

Note: Maine native William Thon spent his life along its shores, painting the Maine landscape, seaside and sailboats. An avid and talented sailor, Thon felt at one with the sea, cultivating a philosophy that supported these mutual loves. Throughout his life Thon held fast to his aesthetic beliefs, creating works on paper that reveal the poetic way he viewed his environment, full of expression and subtle emotion.  Thon lost most of his vision due to macular degeneration but continued to make his art, relying solely on black pigment in his final years. The subject of many of his last drawings is the saiboats he lived his life on along the coast of Port Clyde.  

The estate of the artist.


A loss at the top sheet edge. Other small nicks and tiny tears at the sheet edges. Creasing and some surface soiling. Remains of old brown paper tape along the reverse of the sheet edges.