Thomas Chimes, American, 1921 - 2009


Oil on canvas

32 × 36 inches (81.3 × 91.4 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Contemporary Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of Marguerite and Gerry Lenfest, 2006

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Baroque takes its title from the complexity of its composition and its palette of vivid colors, which glow like crushed jewels. Completed in 1964, it is among the last of Chimes's crucifixion paintings, and was shown in his highly successful solo exhibition at the Bodley Gallery in New York in 1965. Baroque was subsequently included in several important exhibitions, including the 1966 exhibition Surrealism: A State of Mind, 1924-1965 at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where it was displayed alongside major works by Salvador Dalí, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, Man Ray, and André Masson.