Red Abstraction

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Red Abstraction

Artist
Alma Thomas, born Columbus, GA 1891-Washington, DC 1978
Luce Center Label
Alma Thomas was inspired by the garden outside her window and painted images that suggest light flickering through leaves and petals. She used dabs and strokes of paint to express the "new colors through the windowpanes" that appeared every time the plants moved in the wind (Alma Thomas: Phantasmagoria, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, 2001). Here, the reds, browns, and greens create a warm, heavy mass in the center of the image, which contrasts with the paler shades around the edges. The earthy tones evoke the changing of the leaves during fall, when treetops appear to burst with vibrant color.
Luce Object Quote
". . . through my impressions of nature . . . I hoped to impart beauty, joy, love, and peace." Artist’s statement, in Van Vechten, Recent Painting by Alma W. Thomas: Earth and Space Series, Exhibition Catalogue, Gallery of Fine Arts, 1971
Credit Line
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist
1959
Object number
1978.40.2
Restrictions & Rights
Usage conditions apply
Type
Painting
Medium
oil on canvas
Dimensions
40 x 27 3/4 in. (101.6 x 70.5 cm)
Department
Painting and Sculpture
On View
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 37A
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Topic
Abstract
Record ID
saam_1978.40.2
GUID (Link to Original Record)
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk792c3b19d-8a12-4d29-a076-73337c8988dc