With Small Daubs of Paint Alma Thomas Created Inspirational Canvases

NEW YORK—The work of Alma Thomas (1891-1978) is driven by patterns of color and texture. The first student to graduate with a degree in art from Howard University, Thomas was an influencial member of the Washington Color School.

A part of the collection of the Brooklyn Museum, “Wind, Sunshine, and Flowers,” utilizes the spectrum, while complementary canvases have been executed in one hue.

The museum describes Thomas’s work thus: “Pursuing themes from nature, she developed a process to construct a painterly composition almost entirely through small daubs of paint laid edge to edge across the canvas’s surface…”

Photos by Arts Observer

Detail of “Wind, Sunshine, and Flowers,” 1968 (acrylic on canvas).

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