French Artist (1868 - 1910)
'Along the Banks of the Seine'
Oil on canvas
18.5 x 24 in
Musee des Beaux Arts de Limoges, France
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Schurr: Dictionnaire des Petits Maitres de la Peinture, 1996.
Thomas was born in Limoges in 1868 and died in Paris in 1910. After studying at the Ecole des Arts Decoratifs in Limoges, he went to Paris where he studied architecture and eventually found his way into the painting atelier of Jean Leon Gerome. He was commissioned to decorate the famous Paris ‘Café Procope’, and closely studied the work of Van Gogh, whose bold and vivid brushstrokes he would integrate into his own style of painting.
Thomas’ palette of luminous colors were applied in a series of short, diagonal strokes that created a rhythmic energy in his work as well as a highly dynamic pictorial surface. He preferred the harmonious tonalities of the Impressionists to the bold intensity of the Post Impressionists, and drew his inspiration from the lush countryside that bordered the Seine as well as Paris’ animated street life.
Thomas died brusquely at the age of forty-two, having gone completely mad.