Richard Earl Thompson

    Sunlit Meadow    

Sunlit Meadow SOLD

Oil on Canvas

Image Size 22 x 30

RT691

RT961 Faldas de los Pirencos

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Image Size 24 x 30

RT590

RT590 Tis Autumn

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Image Size 20 x 24

 
    Winters Blanket    

Winters Blanket

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RT 713 Los Observadores

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Image Size 20 x 24

RT703

RT703 Distant Storm - Nazere

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Image Size 24 x 30

    RT974    

RT974 The Wagon Path

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Image Size 9 x 12

RT435

RT435 At the Beach

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Image Size 16 x 21

Lady with Cat by Richard Earl Thompson

Lady with cat 907719

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Image Size 24 x 18

A Man Smoking his Pipe

Smoking his pipe 907720

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Image Size 24 x 18

    RT623    

RT623 Girl with Yellow Balloon

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Image Size 16 x 23

Biography

Richard Earl Thompson's legacy to the world is the gift of enduring beauty - nature captured on canvas in all its myriad moods. An American Impressionist of renown, he has been compared to Monet, but preferred to think of himself as “an extension” to the impressionists “a continuing link.” Profoundly influenced by the Master of the French Impressionist School, he also embraced ideas from Spanish, Italian and American painters. Creating his own unique style by incorporating a broader 20th Century color palette, which included earth tones, and combining painting techniques, Thompson's canvases convey a powerful and harmonious combination of diversified subject matter, exquisite brush work, skillful draftsmanship and luminosity. He summed up his painting simply, 'I hope I have sincerity. I have tried to interpret things as I feel inside. I have tried not to be something I am not. No shock treatments, no political messages, compositions based rather on tranquil scenes - a sincere approach to painting to which all people can relate. When drawing, the proportion is pretty well established, and I like to devote time to the color of things as the sun creates them. Color, then is unlimited; it is ever-changing. I see myself not as an extension of the camera, but of the emotions these colors can evoke.' He remarked that today we have colors at our fingertips that the early impressionists lacked so we can arrive at even greater variations of light and color. Through the years he perfected the use of color to such an extent that his painting vary from subtle mood scenes and pleasant tranquil setting to high brilliance.

A child prodigy at the Chicago Academy of Fine Art at the age of 15, he was taken under the wing of Frederick Grant, who was a student of William Merritt Chase, one of America's great painters. From there he continued at the American Academy of Art and then on to the Chicago Art Institute to study under Louis Ritman. He felt strongly that the fundamental training of drawing, color and composition instilled in those early days provided him the sound basis from which to develop his mature technique.

Both musically and artistically gifted, at the age of 18 he made the decision to pursue a career in art rather than opera. He felt that he had to paint in order to live fully. Thompson often compared art to music, feeling that they were akin, only communication in a different form. He has stated, 'The world is looking for this communication. A painting that doesn't have to be explained, but simply portrays a beautiful feeling to which people can relate, is communication.'

The combination of the Depression with the insurgence of the Modern Art Era, and the necessity of supporting a family, let Thompson to choose an early career in commercial art. Many will look back with a tinge of nostalgia recalling the back covers of the 'Saturday Evening Post,' some of which Thompson was responsible for while working with Haddon Sundblom who created many of the famous Coca-Cola ads. Also among his commercial art credits are the famous World War II War bond Posters which he was commissioned to paint by the U.S. Government.

Distinguished and highly successful as his commercial art career was he never gave up his ambition to have the 'fine art' career for which he had been trained. In 1959 with commercial illustration being replaced slowly by photography, he turned to fine art as a full time career. He credited his commercial art background with aiding him in his ability to do figures so well and to combine landscapes and figurative works so dramatically. Sensitive to nuance, Thompson lived a very special life among nature in the woods of Wisconsin and on the shores of the Florida Key with his supportive and lovely wife, Mary Munn during his highly productive years of fine art. He said 'I have thoroughly enjoyed my years of adventure in painting; they have provided me with a way to live. What is most important to me now is doing the thing I've always wanted to do, surrounded by nature and those who are closest to me. What more can any man ask?” Collectors and admirers of Richard Earl Thompson's personal expressions of nature, which he held so dear would agree: his 'small moments of time' captured forever on canvas touch us, please the spirit and fill the soul with joy.
Collections

Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum
R.W. Norton Art Gallery
Pierce Gallery
Sears Roebuck
Brigham Young University
De Sasset Museum
John Hopkins Hospital
Marquette University
Naval Art Collection, Pentagon, Washington, DC
Robert Louis Stevenson Academy
Wintergreen (Taliesen East) Recreational Complex
University of Washington
The Lewer Agency, Inc.
Audley Farm
Southland Financial Corporation
Art Galleries of Wisconsin Memorial Park
Continental Illinois Bank
Numerous private collections

 

BIOGRAPHY of
Richard Earl Thompson.

Richard Earl Thompson (1914 - 1991)
"Nature's Preservationist in Paint"™

Richard Thompson American Impressionist artist

Richard Earl Thompson's legacy to the world is the gift of enduring beauty - nature captured on canvas in all its myriad moods. An American Impressionist of renown, he has been compared to Monet, but preferred to think of himself as to the impressionists. Profoundly influenced by the Master of the French Impressionist School, he also embraced ideas from Spanish, Italian and American painters. Creating his own unique style by incorporating a broader 20th Century color palette, which included earth tones, and combining painting techniques, Thompson's canvases convey a powerful and harmonious combination of diversified subject matter, exquisite brush work, skillful draftsmanship and luminosity. He summed up his painting simply, "I hope I have sincerity. I have tried to interpret things as I feel inside. I have tried not to be something I am not. No shock treatments, no political messages, compositions based rather on tranquil scenes - a sincere approach to painting to which all people can relate. When drawing, the proportion is pretty well established, and I like to devote time to the color of things as the sun creates them. Color, then is unlimited; it is ever-changing. I see myself not as an extension of the camera, but of the emotions these colors can evoke." He remarked that today we have colors at our fingertips that the early impressionists lacked so we can arrive at even greater variations of light and color. Through the years Richard Thompson perfected the use of color to such an extent that his painting vary from subtle mood scenes and pleasant tranquil setting to high brilliance.
A child prodigy at the Chicago Academy of Fine Art at the age of 15, Richard was taken under the wing of Frederick Grant, who was a student of William Merritt Chase, one of America's great painters. From there he continued at the American Academy of Art and then on to the Chicago Art Institute to study under Louis Ritman. He felt strongly that the fundamental training of drawing, color and composition instilled in those early days provided him the sound basis from which to develop his mature technique.

Both musically and artistically gifted, at the age of 18 he made the decision to pursue a career in art rather than opera. He felt that he had to paint in order to live fully. Thompson often compared art to music, feeling that they were akin, only communication in a different form. He has stated, "The world is looking for this communication. A painting that doesn't have to be explained, but simply portrays a beautiful feeling to which people can relate, is communication."

The combination of the Depression with the insurgence of the Modern Art Era, and the necessity of supporting a family, let Thompson to choose an early career in commercial art. Many will look back with a tinge of nostalgia recalling the back covers of the "Saturday Evening Post," some of which Thompson was responsible for while working with Haddon Sundbloom who created many of the famous Coca-Cola ads. Also among his commercial art credits are the famous World War II War-bond Posters which he was commissioned to paint by the U.S. Government.

Distinguished and highly successful as his commercial art career was Richard Thompson never gave up his ambition to have the "fine art" career for which he had been trained. In 1959 with commercial illustration being replaced slowly by photography, he turned to fine art as a full time career. Richard Thompson, Jr operated the Richard Thompson Gallery in San Francisco (1977-1994).

Thompson credited his commercial art background with aiding him in his ability to do figures so well and to combine landscapes and figurative works so dramatically. Sensitive to nuance, Thompson lived a very special life among nature in the woods of Wisconsin and on the shores of the Florida Key with his supportive and lovely wife, Mary Munn during his highly productive years of fine art. He said "I have thoroughly enjoyed my years of adventure in painting; they have provided me with a way to live. What is most important to me now is doing the thing I've always wanted to do, surrounded by nature and those who are closest to me. What more can any man ask?" Collectors and admirers of Richard Earl Thompson's personal expressions of nature, which he held so dear would agree: his "small moments of time" captured forever on canvas touch us, please the spirit and fill the soul with joy.

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