Sea Images

  • Theodoros Stamos, Sea Images, 1947, oil on fiberboard, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the U.S. Maritime Administration, 1959.11.5

In Sea Images a sandy floor” is separated from a dark sky” by a wavy area of murky black. A shape with thin radiating lines resembles a sand dollar or sea urchin, and a fish-headed shape emerges to touch a floating figure above, connecting the archaic inhabitants of the depths with the world of the surface. Sea Images was purchased the year it was painted for the SS Argentina, a passenger ship launched in 1929 that served as a troop ship during World War II. At the end of the war, the Argentina was converted into a luxury liner. 

Modern Masters: Midcentury Abstraction from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2008

Title
Sea Images
Artist
Date
1947
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
6036 in. (152.391.3 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the U.S. Maritime Administration

Mediums Description
oil on fiberboard
Classifications
Keywords
  • Abstract
Object Number
1959.11.5
Palette
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