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Oral history interview with William Thon, 1992 December 15-16

Interviewee:
Thon, William, 1906-2000  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F  Search this
Subject:
Gruskin, Alan D. (Alan Daniel)  Search this
Gruskin, Mary J.  Search this
American Academy in Rome  Search this
Midtown Galleries (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Watercolorists -- Maine -- Interviews  Search this
Painting, Modern -- 20th century  Search this
Watercolor painting, American -- 20th century  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12542
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)215160
AAA_collcode_thon92
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_215160
Online Media:

American Watercolor Society records, 1867-1977, bulk 1950-1970

Creator:
American Watercolor Society  Search this
Subject:
American Watercolor Society  Search this
American Society of Painters in Water Colors  Search this
New York Water Color Club  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Topic:
Watercolor painting -- 19th century -- United States  Search this
Watercolor painting, American  Search this
Watercolor painting -- 20th century -- United States  Search this
Watercolorists  Search this
Theme:
Art Market  Search this
Communities, Organizations, Museums  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8636
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)210816
AAA_collcode_amerwate
Theme:
Art Market
Communities, Organizations, Museums
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_210816
Online Media:

California watercolors 1850-1970 : an illustrated history & biographical dictionary / by Gordon T. McClelland and Jay T. Last

Author:
McClelland, Gordon  Search this
Last, Jay T  Search this
Physical description:
231 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
California
Date:
2002
20th century
Topic:
Watercolor painting, American  Search this
Watercolor painting  Search this
In art  Search this
Call number:
ND1835.C2 M13 2002
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_822527

American drawings and watercolors / Carol Clark

Author:
Clark, Carol 1947 July 21-  Search this
Subject:
Lehman, Robert 1892-1969 Art collections  Search this
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Physical description:
xi, 259 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Place:
United States
New York (State)
New York
Date:
1992
C1992
19th century
20th century
Topic:
Drawing, American  Search this
Drawing  Search this
Watercolor painting, American  Search this
Watercolor painting  Search this
Drawing--Private collections  Search this
Watercolor painting--Private collections  Search this
Call number:
NC107.C585 1992
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_646540

Index of American watercolor exhibitions, 1900-1945 by Raymond L. Wilson

Author:
Wilson, Raymond L  Search this
Physical description:
ix, 776 pages illustrations 23 cm
Type:
Indexes
Exhibition catalogs
Ausstellung
Verzeichnis
Place:
États-Unis
USA
Geschichte 1900-1945
Date:
1994
20th century
20e siècle
Topic:
Watercolor painting, American--Exhibitions  Search this
Aquarell  Search this
Aquarelle--Catalogues d'exposition--Index  Search this
Ausstellung  Search this
Geschichte 1900-1945  Search this
Verzeichnis  Search this
Watercolour paintings  Search this
United States  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_478051

International waters : seventy five selected contemporary watercolors of three countries : from the American Watercolor Society, the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour, the Royal Watercolour Society

Title:
International waters, 1991-93, Canada, United Kingdom, United States
Author:
John B. Aird Gallery  Search this
American Watercolor Society (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour  Search this
Royal Society of Painters in Water-Colours (Great Britain)  Search this
Physical description:
1 microfiche : chiefly col. ill. ; 11 x 15 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
United States
Canada
Great Britain
Date:
1991
C1991
20th century
Topic:
Watercolor painting, American  Search this
Watercolor painting, Canadian  Search this
Watercolor painting, British  Search this
Watercolor painting  Search this
Call number:
mfc 1709
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_407927

Water color / [organized by the Long Beach Museum of Art ; circulated by the Western Association of Art Museums.]

Title:
Watercolor
Author:
Long Beach Museum of Art  Search this
Western Association of Art Museums  Search this
Physical description:
1 v. (unpaged) : ill. ; 21 x 21 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
California, Southern
Date:
1966
[1966.]
20th century
Topic:
Watercolor painting, American  Search this
Watercolor painting  Search this
Call number:
ND1835.C2 W325 1966
ND1835.C2W325 1966
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_393843

Frederic James, 1915-1985 : a painter from Kansas City : the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City

Author:
James, Frederic 1915-1985  Search this
Adams, Henry 1949-  Search this
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art  Search this
Subject:
James, Frederic 1915-1985  Search this
James, Frederic 1915-1985 Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Physical description:
48 p. : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Missouri
Kansas City
Date:
1986
C1986
20th century
Topic:
Watercolor painting, American  Search this
Watercolor painting  Search this
Call number:
N40.1.J29 N4
N40.1.J29N4
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_331092

Washington watercolors : March 3-May 27, 1984, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. / Clair Z. List

Author:
List, Clair  Search this
Corcoran Gallery of Art  Search this
Physical description:
[24] p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Biography
Place:
Washington (D.C.)
Date:
1984
C1984
20th century
Topic:
Watercolor painting, American  Search this
Watercolor painting  Search this
Watercolorists  Search this
Call number:
ND1838.W18L57 1984X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_291832

American Watercolor Society records

Creator:
American Watercolor Society  Search this
Names:
American Society of Painters in Water Colors  Search this
American Watercolor Society  Search this
New York Water Color Club  Search this
Extent:
3.8 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Date:
1867-1977
bulk 1950-1970
Summary:
The records of the American Watercolor Society measure 3.8 linear feet and date from 1867 to 1977, with the bulk of the material dating from 1950 to 1970. The collection provides scattered documentation of the operations and activities of one of the oldest continuously operating artists' organizations in the United States and includes records of its administration and history, membership, and exhibitions, as well as printed material and photographs.
Scope and Content Note:
The records of the American Watercolor Society measure 3.8 linear feet and date from 1867 to 1977, with the bulk of the material dating from 1950 to 1970. The collection provides scattered documentation of the operations and activities of one of the oldest continuously operating artists' organizations in the United States and includes records of its administration and history, membership, and exhibitions

Records documenting the founding, history, and operations of the society are found in the administration and history series. Included are written histories and material on the 1941 merger with the New York Water Color Club, including an updated Constitution and By-Laws. Also found here are reports, committee documents, administrative correspondence, records of participation in national art events, and financial records.

The membership records include a membership roster notebook, dating from 1953-1961, lists of members, member biographies, and correspondence regarding membership. The society's exhibition files include a bound volume of the record of works shown in the annual exhibition from 1897 to 1904, as well as files on a few other annual exhibitions and exchange exhibitions with other countries. These files contain scattered correspondence, price lists, exhibition checklists and printed material.

A small amount of printed material in the collection includes a booklet entitled, Water-Color Painting: Some Facts and Authorities in Relation to Its Durability, distributed by the society in 1868, as well as news clipping about events and exhibitions, newsletters, and other published items. Photographs are of members, jurors, events, painting demonstrations, and artwork.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into 5 series:

Missing Title

Series 1: Administration and History, 1891-1970 (Box 1-2; 1.1 linear feet)

Series 2: Membership, 1941, 1951-1960s (Box 2; 0.7 linear feet)

Series 3: Exhibition Files, 1867-1910, 1955-1975 (Box 2-3, BV 5; 1.2 linear feet)

Series 4: Printed Material, 1868, 1943-1972 (Box 3; 6 folders)

Series 5: Photographs, circa 1940-1977 (Box 3-4; 0.5 linear feet)
Historical Note:
The American Watercolor Society still functions as an active artists' organization that was founded in New York City on December 5, 1866 as the American Society of Painters in Water Colors. The first president was Samuel Colman. Initially, election to membership was very selective, consisting of active members and honorary members (those living outside of New York City). From the beginning, the most important activity of the organization was its annual exhibition, open to both members and non-members, the first being held in the winter of 1867-1868.

The Society's first six annual exhibitions were held jointly with the National Academy of Design at the Academy's galleries. Beginning with the seventh exhibition, the society initiated independent annual exhibitions until 1899. The early exhibitions were very successful, and the society showed work from many prominent American and European artists such as Thomas Eakins, Abbott Thayer, Eugene Delacroix, and John Ruskin. 1888 marked the first year that the society awarded prizes to the best works. By the early 1900s the society had developed a program for exhibitions that included a jury of selection and jury of awards.

In 1903 the society was officially incorporated as the American Water Color Society, to "advance the art of water color painting in this country." Membership classifications changed slightly and artists were either classified as active (professional artists) or associate members. By 1904 the society was struggling financially, and annual exhibitions were held at various spaces around New York City. In 1905 the society established annual rotary (traveling) exhibitions. From 1922 to 1931, the society combined exhibition venues with the New York Water Color Club (founded in 1890), and in January 1941 these two organizations merged under the name of the American Watercolor Society and created a new constitution. This merger brought many female artists who were active in the New York Water Color Club to the society which had previously not recognized many women painters. In 1941 the society established their headquarters in one room at the National Academy of Design's new building where they also held annual exhibitions in the galleries.

Frederic Whitaker, a painter and businessman, became president in 1949 and brought a renewed vigor to the society. He reinstituted traveling exhibitions, created new committees, and increased the number of exhibition awards. He also established an office in the Flatiron building and hired an Executive Secretary. After he resigned in 1956, the society experienced a period of financial troubles that were immediately addressed when Mario Cooper became president in 1959. Offices were moved back to the National Academy, several new officers were appointed, and after a period of fiscal austerity, a scholarship program and central awards fund were established. In 1967 the society had its 100th annual exhibition and also had an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, entitled, "Two Hundred Years of Watercolor Painting In America, An Exhibition Commemorating The Centennial of the American Watercolor Society." Over the next few years the society organized and exchanged exhibitions with other countries, including Canada, Mexico, England, and Australia. Mario Cooper remained president until 1986, and the American Watercolor Society remains an active artists' organization today.
Related Material:
Additional records may be available by contacting the American Watercolor Society.
Separated Material:
Originals of loaned material, including additional exhibition materials, correspondence, photographs, and administrative records were returned to the American Watercolor Society after microfilming. Loaned material is available on reels N68-8 through N68-10, but is not described in the container listing of this finding aid.
Provenance:
The American Watercolor Society loaned material for microfilming in 1968, and, in 1978, donated some of this material. The bound volume of the record of works shown in annual exhibitions, 1897-1904, was microfilmed in 1972 and subsequently donated in 1978 by the American Antiquarian Society.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Use requires an appointment.
Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Topic:
Watercolor painting -- 19th century -- United States  Search this
Watercolor painting, American  Search this
Watercolor painting -- 20th century -- United States  Search this
Watercolorists  Search this
Function:
Arts organizations -- New York (State)
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Citation:
American Watercolor Society records, 1867-1977, bulk 1950-1970. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.amerwate
See more items in:
American Watercolor Society records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw938e37c60-e28f-432e-995f-9396f351b62c
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-amerwate

Oral history interview with William Thon

Interviewee:
Thon, William, 1906-2000  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F.  Search this
Names:
American Academy in Rome  Search this
Midtown Galleries (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Gruskin, Alan D. (Alan Daniel), 1904-1970  Search this
Gruskin, Mary J.  Search this
Extent:
52 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1992 December 15-16
Scope and Contents:
An interview of William Thon conducted 1992 December 15-16, by Robert Brown for the Archives of American Art, at the artist's home at Port Clyde, Maine. Thon discusses his childhood and education; early exhibitions; service in the Navy during World War II; being represented by Midtown Galleries from 1943 on; his dealers Alan and Mary Gruskin; moving to Maine; the importance to his art of Europe and his time spent at the American Academy in Rome; his painting technique; and his watercolors.
Biographical / Historical:
William Thon (1906-2000) was a painter from New York, N.Y. and Port Clyde, Maine. Studied at the Art Students League. Served as a trustee and artist in residence at the American Academy in Rome.
General:
Originally recorded on 2 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 4 digital wav files. Duration is 3 hr., 5 min.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and administrators. Funding for this interview provided by John W. Payson.
Restrictions:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Occupation:
Painters -- Maine -- Interviews  Search this
Topic:
Watercolorists -- Maine -- Interviews  Search this
Painting, Modern -- 20th century  Search this
Watercolor painting, American -- 20th century  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.thon92
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9890dbe44-5ad5-4030-bf72-ce364deea8ab
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-thon92
Online Media:

New York on paper : [selected prints and drawings from the Whitney Museum of American Art]

Title:
Selected prints and drawings from the Whitney Museum of American Art
Author:
Whitney Museum of American Art  Search this
Subject:
Whitney Museum of American Art  Search this
Physical description:
1 folded sheet ([4] p.) : ill. ; 23 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
In art
Place:
New York (State)
New York
New York (N.Y.)
Date:
1977
C1977
20th century
Topic:
Prints, American  Search this
Drawing, American  Search this
Prints  Search this
Drawing  Search this
Watercolor painting, American  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_836956

Regionalism : the California view, watercolors, 1929-1945 / curators of the exhibition, Susan M. Anderson, Robert Henning, Jr. ; essay by Susan M. Anderson

Author:
Anderson, Susan M (Susan Mary)  Search this
Henning, Robert  Search this
Santa Barbara Museum of Art  Search this
Physical description:
88 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 23 x 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
California
Date:
1988
20th century
Topic:
Watercolor painting, American  Search this
Regionalism in art  Search this
In art  Search this
Call number:
ND2365.R44 1988X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_361621

California holiday : the E. Gene Crain collection / essays by Janet Blake, Susan M. Anderson

Author:
Blake, Janet 1944-  Search this
Anderson, Susan M (Susan Mary)  Search this
Laguna Art Museum (Laguna Beach, Calif.)  Search this
Subject:
Crain, E. Gene Art collections  Search this
Physical description:
96 p. : col. ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
California
Date:
2002
C2002
20th century
Topic:
Watercolor painting, American  Search this
Regionalism in art  Search this
Watercolor painting--Private collections  Search this
In art  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_693246

Coastline to skyline : the Philip H. Greene gift of California watercolors, 1930-1960 / Barbara J. MacAdam ; with an essay by Paul J. Karlstrom

Author:
MacAdam, Barbara J. 1954-  Search this
Karlstrom, Paul J  Search this
Hood Museum of Art  Search this
Subject:
Greene, Philip H Art collections  Search this
Hood Museum of Art  Search this
Physical description:
71 p. : col. ill. ; 24 x 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
California
Date:
2008
20th century
Topic:
Watercolor painting, American  Search this
Regionalism in art  Search this
In art  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_910094

International Exhibition [catalog] AWS, American Watercolor Society

Author:
American Watercolor Society International Exhibition  Search this
Subject:
American Watercolor Society International Exhibition  Search this
Physical description:
volume color illustrations 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Periodicals
Exhibition catalogs
Date:
1989
20th century
21st century
Topic:
Watercolor painting, American  Search this
Call number:
ND1731.N5 A5
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1116812

Master watercolors and drawings from the Norton Gallery of Art Bruce Weber

Author:
Norton Gallery and School of Art  Search this
Weber, Bruce 1951-  Search this
Physical description:
47 pages illustrations 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Exhibition catalogs
Date:
1988
20th century
Topic:
Watercolor painting, American  Search this
Drawing, American  Search this
Watercolor painting, European  Search this
Drawing, European  Search this
Zeichnung  Search this
Geschichte (1880-1950)  Search this
Ausstellung  Search this
West Palm Beach (Fla., 1987)  Search this
Aquarell  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_343696

Watercolor U.S.A. national invitational exhibition, Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, Missouri, May 2-July 4, 1976 introd. by Allen S. Weller

Author:
Springfield Art Museum  Search this
Weller, Allen S (Allen Stuart) 1907-1997  Search this
Physical description:
90 pages illustrations 22 x 26 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Exhibition catalogs
Date:
1976
20th century
Topic:
Watercolor painting, American  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_653401

American watercolors, 1850-1972

Author:
Birmingham Museum of Art (Birmingham, Ala.)  Search this
Mobile Art Gallery  Search this
Alabama Watercolor Society  Search this
Physical description:
72 pages chiefly illustrations 18 x 21 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Exhibition catalogs
Date:
1972
19th century
20th century
Topic:
Watercolor painting, American  Search this
Call number:
ND1807 .A512
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_71794

Clinton Adams recent works on paper, October 31 through December 2, 1988, Art Gallery, California State University, Northridge

Title:
Recent works on paper, Clinton Adams
Author:
Adams, Clinton 1918-2002  Search this
California State University, Northridge Art Galleries  Search this
Physical description:
1 folded sheet ([6] pages) illustrations (some color) 22 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Exhibition catalogs
Date:
1988
20th century
Topic:
Watercolor painting, American  Search this
Call number:
ND1839.A32 A4 1988
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_922371

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