“I walked about perfectly rapt the colours are so wonderful. There seems to be light behind, inside every object that deprives it of all semblance of weight & makes it ecstatically insubstantial. Do you remember these houses, Muff, these combinations that make Van Gogh seem literal-minded, greys & hennas and pinks on reds? Truly they are glorious.” - Polly Thayer (Starr) to Donald Starr, Nassau, 1936
Rarely without a sketch book, pencils and charcoal, and often with a portable watercolor set in her folding canvas artist’s stool, Thayer made memorable visual records of her winter respites in St. Kitts, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, Bermuda, Nassau and Antigua. Fascinating as she found the creations of snow, she loved the warmth and fertility of the islands: “Everything in the tropics is so extravagant! It appeals to me temperamentally right down the backbone,” she wrote to May Sarton.
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