Alma Thomas, Light Blue Nursery, 1968, acrylic on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist, 1970.324
African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era, and Beyond, 2012
During the 1960s, African American painter Alma Thomas emerged as an exuberant colorist and member of the Washington Color Field School, abstracting shapes and patterns from the trees and flowers around her and creating works that shimmer with color. “Color is life," Thomas once explained. "Light reveals to us the spirit and living soul of the world through colors.” She produced some of her most important works in this decade, including Light Blue Nursery. The rhythmic horizontal lines of bright blues, reds, yellows, and greens are offset by white areas of untouched raw canvas, creating a jewel-like mosaic.
Luce Object Quote". . . through my impressions of nature . . . I hoped to impart beauty, joy, love, and peace." The artist, quoted in Van Vechten, Recent Painting by Alma W. Thomas: Earth and Space Series, Exhibition Catalogue, Gallery of Fine Arts, 1971
Light Blue Nursery
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49 x 47 7/8 in. (124.4 x 121.5 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of the artist
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- acrylic on canvas
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