Victor Thall

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Victor Thall

Vic­tor Thall, an Abstract Expres­sion­ist and mem­ber of the orig­i­nal New York school.

At the age of eleven, Vic­tor Thall was enrolled at the Student’s Art League, its youngest mem­ber. In the 1920s while a stu­dent in France Thall met Hen­ri Matisse at his home. He also taught at the Stu­dent Arts League in the late 40s.

Robert Coates, crit­ic for the New York­er rec­og­nized the artis­tic of Thall at the 1949 Whit­ney Museum’s Annu­al of Con­tem­po­rary Amer­i­can paint­ing exhi­bi­tion when he wrote, “The lev­el of work is cred­i­bly high, and although there are a few out­stand­ing pieces, there are a heart­en­ing num­ber that are dis­tinct­ly above aver­age, among those I like the best… Vic­tor Thall’s, The Water­fall, the Max Beck­man Nice, Boule­vards des Anglais and George Prestopino’ small, red and jol­ly Track Gang.”

Again, in 1950 the Whit­ney rep­re­sent­ed Thall’s work along with the best known Abstract Expres­sion­ist painters: de Koon­ing, Got­tlieb, Moth­er­well, Gus­ton, O’Keefee, Rothko and Sta­mos. In 1950, Thall left the coun­try for ten years and trav­eled to Mex­i­co, Jamaica, and Europe. He spent most of his time in Tor­re­vie­ja and Pal­ma Mal­lor­ca, Spain thus depriv­ing Amer­i­ca of one its great­est painters. Between 1946 and 1968 he exhib­it­ed in numer­ous gal­leries in New York, Chica­go, Lon­don, Flori­da and Palm Springs, California.

Since his death in 1983, his paint­ings and papers have been in stor­age. This is a rare oppor­tu­ni­ty for Tex­ans to view the work of a great Amer­i­can artist. The gallery talk, “A For­got­ten Abstract Expres­sion­ist: Vic­tor Thall” is pre­sent­ed by Robert L. Stevens, Pro­fes­sor, the Uni­ver­si­ty of Texas at Tyler in con­junc­tion with Gary Her­wood, Execu­tor of the Estate of Vic­tor Thall.

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