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Sydney Lough Thompson

Born 1877, Died 1973

Sydney Lough Thompson was unique as an artist who successfully divided his career between New Zealand and France. Born in Canterbury in 1877, he studied with Petrus Van der Velden at the end of the ninteenth-century. An influential figure in Christchurch art circles, Thompson lived for extended periods abroad, establishing himself a a professional painter in Brittany between 1911 and 1933. Retrospective exhibitions of his work have been held in New Zealand and France.

Redolent with pleasure and enjoyment, Thompson's vibrant post-impressionist paintings, as well as depicting subjects as wide-ranging as New Zealand's rural landscape and the picturesque charm of the village life in France, exist as pictorial celebrations of light and colour.

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