American painter Abbott H. Thayer was a portrait artist and landscape painter, but he is perhaps better known for his famous Angel paintings.
Thayer was born in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1849 and died in Dublin, New Hampshire, in 1921.
He came from a well-known Boston family and gained considerable success in the American Art world during the latter part of the 19th century.
He trained as an artist in New York and studied at the Academy Des Beaux Arts in Paris before returning to New York and setting up his studio.
After the death of his first wife, Thayer settled in New Hampshire. There he joined the colony of artists living in the Monadnock foothills.
During this period, he married for the second time to Emma Beach, and they had three children together.
The couple lived a simple life rejecting the fast pace of New York City life.
It was during this period of contemplation and reflection that Thayer began his ethereal angel oil paintings.
Thayer is also known as the father of camouflage, as he painted certain animals and birds against a counter-shaded background.
At first glance, this had the visual effect of making the subject invisible to the eye.
Angels in art have always been desirable, with a history from the Renaissance period.
Winged Figure 1899 by Thayer is on display at the Art Institute of Chicago. Winged Figure is a relatively large oil painting on canvas that measures just over 51" x 37".