From New York to Nebo
The Artistic Journey of Eugene Thomason
Eugene Thomason returned to the South in the early 1930s, living first in Charlotte, North Carolina, before settling in a small Appalachian crossroads called Nebo. For the next thirty-plus years, he mined the rural landscape's rolling terrain and area residents for inspiration, finding there an abundance of colorful imagery more evocative—and more personally resonant—than the urbanism of New York. Painting at the same time as such well known Regionalists as Thomas Hart Benton and Grant Wood, Eugene Thomason embraced and convincingly portrayed his own region, becoming the visual spokesman for that place and its people.
"In From New York to Nebo, Martha Severens art historian, author, and former curator, . . . chronicles Thomason's life and artistic journey in a clear prose that offers a vigorous portrait of the artist."—Antiques and The Arts Weekly
"From New York to Nebo documents Thomason's aesthetic progression, from the ebb and flow of urban life to the colorful vitality of rural life.TOWN Magazine"
"It is too bad that regionalist painter Eugene Thomason (1895-1972) is not better known. This book celebrates and looks at the life and art of Thomason, who worked 'for the sheer joy and love of painting.'Maine Antique Digest"
"From New York to Nebo: The Artistic Journey of Eugene Thomason carefully chronicles the life of Eugene Thomason and his embrace of North Carolina. Deeply influenced by his New York City training with George Luks and the Ashcan movement, Thomason returned home to capture Nebo and the mountains of western North Carolina through vigorous landscapes and haunting portraits. Martha Severens discusses Thomason's personal and professional complexities in clear, direct prose that offers a portrait of a truly great artist."—William Ferris, author of The Storied South: Voices of Writers and Artists
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