Abbott Handerson Thayer (1849-1921), a great artist and naturalist, gave up painting the society portraits that earned him fame and fortune so that he could live close to nature and devote his time to studying how animals conceal themselves from predators. During World War I, Thayer, who was passionate in all he undertook, destroyed his health in frenzied efforts to persuade the Allies to adopt his camouflage theories to safeguard troops and ships. Few listened to him – until long after his death (—Rhode Island International Film Festival). Directed by Carl Colby. Produced by Pamela R. Peabody.
Introduced by Sarah Cash, Bechhoefer Curator of American Art, Corcoran Gallery of Art. Discussion with filmmakers Carl Colby and Pamela R. Peabody follows screening.