Abbott Thayer and the Art of Camouflage

A Painter of Angels Became the Father of Camouflage

Thayer contended that even brilliantly plumaged birds like the peacock can blend into, and thus be camouflaged by, their habitats. To illustrate his theory, he and his young assistant Richard Meryman painted Peacock in the Woods for Thayer's coloration book.
    National Museum of American Art, SI
 Peacock in the Woods by Abbott Thayer