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Late Night Reflections

© Estate of Alma W. Thomas. Photo by Peter Paul Geoffrion.

Late Night Reflections

Artist: Alma Thomas (American, 1891–1978)
Culture: American
Date: 1972
Medium: Acrylic on canvas
Dimensions:
28 3/4 x 44 inches (73 x 111.8 cm)
Frame: 30 x 45 1/2 x 1 3/4 inches (76.2 x 115.6 x 4.4 cm)
Classification: Painting
Credit Line: Museum purchase and bequest of Marjorie Pfeffer, by exchange
Label Text:After a long career as a public school art teacher in Washington D.C., Alma Thomas began to gain serious acclaim as one of the foremost abstract painters of her day. Thomas developed a personal style by covering her canvases with small, colorful, tile-like brushstrokes inspired by natural forms. An uncharacteristic work, Late Night Reflections is an example of the vertical-dash compositions of her "Earth Paintings," which use tight formations of one or two colors applied with short, lively strokes from a fully loaded brush on a contrasting background. The brilliant yellow background underneath a lattice of midnight blue creates a pattern like stars in the night sky, or light reflections on shimmering water.

Provenance: The collection of Harold R. Hart (acquired from the artist). The collection of David C. and Betty J. Hart. By descent to the current owner. George Hemphill, Hemphill Fine Arts, Washington, D.C. from there sold to the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University on November 13, 2010.
Object number: 2010.13.1