Lot 102
  • 102

Alma Thomas

60,000 - 80,000 USD
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  • Alma Thomas
  • Sign of Spring
  • signed and dated '66; titled on the stretcher
  • oil on canvas 
  • 26 by 18 in. 66 by 45.7 cm.


Collection of Harold Hart, New York (acquired directly from the artist)
Acquired from the above by the present owner

Catalogue Note

"In her paintings, the rainbows do not appear as arcs, but rather as leaves or petals of varying shapes that fall into parallel flower rivers of color, rippling in response to the wind or reflecting brilliantly in the sunshine. In looking out of the window of her home on Fifteenth Street in the Shaw district of Washington. D.C., Thomas transfigured the view into bird's eye, abstracting the cityscape into patterns, as if she were seeing it from an airplane. In explaining that visual perspective, she noted, 'You look down on things. You streak through the clouds so fast you don't know whether the flower below is violet or what. You see only streaks of color.'"

Nikki A. Greene, "'Wind, Sunshine and Flowers:' The Visual Cadences of Alma Thomas' Washington, D.C.," in Exh. Cat., New York, The Studio Museum in Harlem (and traveling), Alma Thomas, 2016, p. 53