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Red Abstraction

Thomas began shifting from representation to abstraction in the late 1950s. She developed her signature style, using "stripes" of bright color, in the mid-1960s. Red Abstraction represents a moment in this evolution, before the artist moved into high-key color and acrylic paint. Rendered in oil paint, the painting testifies to Thomas's persistent interest in the abstract forms and colors of nature. Its oranges and reds evoke the vibrant foliage of fall, while vertical swipes of black suggest the directional growth of trees.

Credit: Gift of the artist

1960
Oil on canvas
92.1 x 76.2cm
1978.40.1
Image and text: Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2023

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