In 1986, the deservedly popular Impressionist exhibition titled, “The New Painting: Impressionism, 1874-1886”; stimulated curiosity about artists who have continued this art form. Richard Earl Thompson (1914-1991) was one of these artists.
A dedicated Impressionist, he devoted a lifetime of effort to capturing the quality of nature’s light on canvas for all to see and enjoy.
Challenged by questions and statements such as, “Impressionism today? Who needs it? It’s been done,” dedicated painters such as Richard Earl Thompson could and did answer, “We all do”.
Always a favorite with the public, “fresh-air”; painting with its loose brushwork, pleasing images, and particularly, the sparkling light quality which is inherent in the best of the past works, is equally pleasurable when found in the best of contemporary work.
Richard Earl Thompson strengthened and modified through personal expression these tenets of Impressionism. Using pigment available today which the early Impressionists lacked, he achieved even greater variations of light and color – exuberant color – which in the hands of this gifted artist inspired masterful works.
The current resurgence of interest in Impressionism Sunlit Woods – Richard Earl Thompson, following years of erroneously being referred to all too frequently as just another; “pretty picture,” is welcome.
This fine art, when painted with consummate skill, marked by dedication to color and form is once again receiving recognition.
Requiring no text to explain the art and being free from politics, Richard Earl Thompson’s canvases reveal the beauty and truth or our world as seen through the eyes of an accomplished 20th century painter. History has been recorded in an individualistic manner for future generations.
A multiplicity of art forms make up our heritage; no one form invalidates another, but the components of skillful compositions, fine draftsmanship, a sure knowledge of and inspired use of color, showing clearly the painstaking training in the fundamentals marks the work of Richard Earl Thompson.
A serious and competent painter, his large body of work illustrates the technical growth and development of his own style. in the Impressionistic manner.
Growth in the field of Impressionism did not end with the eighth Impressionist group show, and with the widely disseminated knowledge available to the general public today, quality is readily apparent which explains why there has always been an enthusiastic audience for the work of Richard Earl Thompson.
His ability to capture the color of things as the sun changes and “recreates”; them makes his powerful and pleasing canvases a life affirming refreshment to the senses and a continuation of the work begun by those innovative and courageous 19th century painters revered by the world today.