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White Roses Sing and Sing

White Roses Sing and Sing is non-representational yet strongly evocative of the natural world. Translucent pale forms float over a background of shifting green and yellow-a luminous image perhaps related to Thomas's memories of her childhood home in Columbus, Georgia, in a neighborhood called Rose Hill. She once remarked that it "was rightly named because roses bloomed there almost the year round." She also recalled that as a child exploring the outdoors she heard "singing [and] talking sounds in all things."

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An expert colorist who became more daring and innovative with age, Thomas here departs from bright, high-keyed hues to create an all-over, mosaic-like pattern of pale forms...

Acrylic on canvas
184.1 x 133.0cm
Image and text: Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2023

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