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Hydrangeas Spring Song

Alma Thomas, American, 1891 - 1978

Geography:
Made in United States, North and Central America

Date:
1976

Medium:
Acrylic on canvas

Dimensions:
6 feet 6 inches × 48 inches (198.1 × 121.9 cm)

Copyright:
Research inconclusive. Copyright may apply.

Curatorial Department:
Contemporary Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
2002-20-1

Credit Line:
125th Anniversary Acquisition. Purchased with funds contributed by Mr. and Mrs. Julius Rosenwald II in honor of René and Sarah Carr d'Harnoncourt, The Judith Rothschild Foundation, and with other funds being raised in honor of the 125th Anniversary of the Museum and in celebration of African American art, 2002

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Label:
Thomas’s mosaic-like abstract canvases reveal her keen powers of observation and interest in natural phenomena. In this painting, Thomas was inspired by hydrangeas and other spring flowers she admired in gardens near her home in Washington, D.C. The scattered abstract shapes and letters form a composition that evokes a wide range of associations, from cutout collages by Henri Matisse to African textiles.