George Albert Thompson (1868-1938)
Oil on canvas
Best known for Connecticut landscapes and coastal scenes including atmospheric nocturnes, George Albert Thompson was born in New Haven. He both studied and taught at Yale University, and was Director of the Norwich Art School from 1910 to 1912—the year he was succeeded by Charlotte Fuller Eastman (1878-1965), whose work is also included in this exhibition. Thompson spent summers and his retirement years in Mystic. In addition to his years at Yale, he studied with John LaFarge in New York and went on to Paris to study with Merson, Blanc, Courtois, and Girardot.
Thompson, along with Charles H. Davis and Lorinda Dudley, was one of the original members of the Mystic Art Association in 1913 and was serving as its president when the original gallery was built in 1931. He continued to exhibit at the MAA until his death in 1938.
While in Mystic, Thompson became fully involved in the town’s art community. He taught serious art students as well as children in the local public schools. He taught many grade levels at Mystic Academy, where each child was asked to bring in a box of eight Crayola Crayons and to work very hard at the basics of drawing. His students included Galed Gesner and Beonne Boronda, daughter of Lester Boronda, who would grow up to become important Mystic Art Association artists themselves.