Sea Images

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

Exhibition Label

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

Sea Images
On View
Not on view.
60 x 36 in. (152.3 x 91.3 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the U.S. Maritime Administration

Mediums Description
oil on fiberboard
  • Abstract
Object Number
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI

More from artist

More Artworks from the Collection