Abbott Handerson Thayer
My Children (Mary, Gerald, and Gladys Thayer)
Oil on canvas
86 1/4 x 61 1/8 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Abbott Handerson Thayer, known for his paintings of angels, often used his children as models. Referring to My Children, Thayer wrote of his aim to show “three blissfully exalted children” in a way that “puts beauty to the eye first, and the idea last.”