“Occasionally there are artists like the Dutchman, Rembrandt, or the Spaniard, Goya, who seem able to tell an intimate life story in a portrait, and as intimate life stories do not always bubble over with merriment and laughter there is usually a challenge to one’s own knowledge of life in such portraits. In those by Ethel R. Thayer…you feel that they are rather intimate character revealments of the persons portrayed. That may be one reason why the exhibition is so interesting. The other reason is because Ethel R. Thayer is so splendid a painter.”
~ A. J. Philpott, Boston Globe, 1935
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