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Boston Celebration

Artists seek to present a distinctive vision of the world, which means that there are favorite themes, color harmonies, and subjects that repeat themselves in our work.

In Boston Celebration, I make a virtue of necessity by returning to a favorite subject at a different time of day and year. My first painting of historic Boston Commons on a damp fall day nearly fifteen years ago, was a great success. Now, when the birthplace of liberty is celebrating the dizzying triumph of a curse-breaking World Series followed by a second consecutive Super Bowl Championship, it seemed the ideal time for a fresh look at this favorite historic destination.

With this painting, we stroll the Commons at a very special moment in time – a chilly winter’s evening in the weeks following the 2005 Super Bowl triumph. Flags celebrating both the champion Red Sox, as well as the victorious Patriots festoon the square. Blazing lights seem to herald the celebration; the glowing façade of Park Street Church looms like a victory torch, while a chestnut vendor adds to the festive air.

Does the couple walking under the church spire conjure memories of John and Jackie Kennedy? I’ll leave that to you.

  • Thomas Kinkade has included fifteen N’s in Boston Celebration in honor of his wife Nanette, with whom he strolled this famous park during the winter trip that inspired this painting.
  • In this scene, Thom has painted the famous Boston Common, a paradise for promenaders since the 18th Century. He envisioned this scene as the moment after the Super Bowl victory in January 2005. Image the thrill – a city celebrating the October World Series victory, now celebrating with a Super Bowl victory just a few months later.
  • Thom has included the glowing façade of the famous Park Street Church. The rich fragrance of chestnuts roasting in the sidewalk vendor’s cart is a standard fixture in Boston Common, and Thom named the chestnut vendor in this painting “Merritt’s Roasted Chestnuts” for his eldest daughter, Merritt.
Title Boston Celebration
Published October 2005
Subject Location Boston Common, Massachusetts

Image Sizes

18" x 24"
25½" x 34"

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