Papers of Eugene (Gene) Thomason relate primarily to work as an art instructor and his association with social realist painter George Luks. Included is a photograph of an art class at the school where Luks and Thomason taught, circa 1926-1927. Also found is a photograph of Thomason's painting of Luks, and printed material about Thomason, including catalogs, clippings, and newsletters.
Eugene Thomason papers, 1925-1973. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Microfilm reel 960 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Location of Originals:
Reel 960: Originals returned to the lender, Mrs. Eugene Thomason, after microfilming.
Also in the Archives of American Art are papers lent by Mrs. Eugene Thomason for microfilming (reel 960), including letters from George Luks to Thomason concerning personal matters, mutual friends, current activities, and other news; a letter from Joseph M. Bryant about his Thomason paintings; a letter from William Luks asking for letters and anecdotes about George Luks; and two newspaper clippings about Thomason.
Eugene Thomason (1895- 1972) was a painter; Nebo, North Carolina. Thomason was born in Blacksburg, S.C. and raised in Charlotte, N.C.. Through the support of his father's employer J. B. Duke, Thomason studied in New York City at the Art Students League, and later operated an art school on E. 22nd St., New York, N.Y., with George Luks.
Photographs and some clippings donated circa 1975 by Mrs. Eugene Thomason, Thomason's widow. Materials on reel 960 were lent for microfilming by Mrs. Eugene Thomason.
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