Guide to the Papers of Thomas R. George, 1918 - 2009Manuscript ML-95


Thomas George (1918-). Artist. Born Thomas Goldberg in New York City to cartoonist Rube Goldberg and wife Irma. Attended the Lincoln school in New York, Deerfield Academy, and Dartmouth College graduating in 1940. During the summers of his college years George studied at the Art Student League and the Woodstock School of Art. He spent a year after graduation working as an industrial designer in New York, and in 1942, joined the Navy, where he served until 1946.George briefly returned to industrial design after his discharge from the Navy, but in 1948, he began painting full time, concentrating at first on figurative work. He went to Paris to study at the Academie de la Grande Chaumerie and while there took may painting trips throughout Europe. He also met LaVerne Burton, a young writer from California whom he married in 1950. In 1951 the Georges went to Florence, where George studied at the Instituto Statale d'arte; they spent a summer on Elba, and travelled in Spain and North Africa. Returning to the United States in 1953, they settled in Valley Cottage, New York. A cross-country trip taken especially to see steel mills and oil refineries produced in 1954 George's first abstract works.In 1954 George went to Japan, he painted, exhibited his paintings and gave lectures in Seoul and on Okinawa under the auspices of the Rockefeller Foundation. In 1958 George returned to the US and in 1961 his son Geoffrey was born.The decade of the 1960's saw George traveling in search of suitable places to paint. He visited Les Collettes in Cagnes, France in 1964, and the Lofoten Islands in Norway in 1966, returning every summer for many years. In 1969 they moved to Princeton, New Jersey.In 1974 and 1976 George was allowed to visit China. His drawings of Kweilin Province are represented in this collection as a book of prints and in photographs of his drawings. A promising figure in the art world, he was invited to be a visiting professor at the University of Texas at Austin in 1978, was artist in residence at Dartmouth College in 1979, and in 1982 was a visiting professor at the Art League of San Juan, Puerto Rico.Becoming interested in painting gardens George travelled to France in 1983, visiting Monet's garden at Giverny. Closer to home he painted his morning series of pastels of the pond at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University. A few years later, he painted his " Garden Series" at Hidcote Manor, Chipping Campden, England. The Georges returned to Hidcote for several years, spending part of each summer in Norway, and part in England and Wales.Thomas George attended his 50th Class Reunion at Dartmouth in 1990; he was given an exhibition at the Hood Museum of Art, and gave a lecture as his contribution to the success of the occasion. The following year, he was presented with the Dartmouth College Presidential Medal for Outstanding Leadership and Achievement at the "Will To Excel" event in Lincoln Center, New York City. Still active in the arts, George received the "Pride of the Arts Council Award" from the Arts Council of Princeton in 2000.

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