|This Untitled watercolor from Alma Thomas's Space Series, circa 1969-72, is featured in our October 9 auction.|
Alma Woodsey Thomas, abstract painter and art educator, was born on this date in 1891 in Columbus, Georgia--today would have been her 113th birthday.
In 1960, Thomas retired from Shaw Junior High School in Washington, DC after 35 years as a teacher, and began a full-time career as an artist. By 1972 she had received national acclaim with her one-person exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art, a first for an African-American woman.
Today we recognize in her bold colors and brush strokes a keen sense of the beauty of abstraction found in nature. Thomas found inspiration close to her Washington DC home--from the azalea blossoms in her garden to the Apollo landings broadcast on television.
Swann is lucky to have three strong examples of her work in our October 9 auction--each of these watercolors conveys the powerful simplicity of her unique style of abstraction.
|In February 2012, Swann sold Thomas's March on Washington, oil on canvas, 1964, one of the artist's few representative works from the 1960s, for $72,000.|
Labels: abstract expressionism, abstract painting, abstraction, African-American Fine Art, Alma Thomas, Nigel Freeman, On this date