Arts Everyday Living: Art and Music Week, Part 4—Alma Thomas, Artist of Rock & Roll Azaleas




….I watched the leaves and flowers tossing in the winds as though they were dancing and singing.*

Alma Thomas



Alma Thomas

Alma Thomas, Red Azaleas Singing & Dancing Rock and Roll Music, 1976, acrylic on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.



Washington, D.C. artist Alma Thomas (1891-1978) was 85 when she produced the nearly 12 foot wide canvas Red Azaleas Singing and Dancing Rock and Roll Music. Where red petal shapes and patterns move from left to right through three panels: starting initially in tight clusters, then gradually separating, until finally breaking free into open space, propelled by the winds of late spring. A culmination of works in which Thomas integrated the visual world with musical forms including Wind and Crepe Myrtle Concerto, Grassy Melodic Chant, and White Daisies Rhapsody, among others, inspired mainly by the natural wonders of her own backyard.


*Quote of Alma Thomas is from A Life in Art: Alma Thomas by Merry A. Foresta, published by National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, D.C., 1981.


And for more visions of this African-American painter, click:

Alma Thomas: Artist of Outer Space


The above image is used solely for educational purposes.




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