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This nearly square, abstract painting is filled with circles within circles, like nested rings, each of a single bright color against the ivory white of the canvas. Each ring is made up of a series of short, rectangular dashes, and some bands are narrower while others are a bit wider. The majority of the rings are crimson and brick red, and they are interspersed with bands of lapis blue, army green , and pale pink. One of two pumpkin orange bands is the smallest, innermost ring at the center. There is one aqua-blue colored ring just inside a pale, shell-white ring, which is the first to get cropped by the edges of the canvas. A few red, green, and blue rings beyond the white band are only seen at the corners of the canvas.

Alma Thomas, Pansies in Washington, 1969, acrylic on canvas, Corcoran Collection (Gift of Vincent Melzac), 2015.19.144

Community Events

Virtual Studio

Poetry: Alma Thomas’s View from Above

  • Saturday, September 25, 2021
  • 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Virtual Program

Guided by local teaching artist Mary Hall Surface

Discover how poetry can help you explore, connect with, and respond to art. Come play with diverse poetic forms and find inspiration in the colorful compositions of Alma Thomas. This creative writing workshop is designed for the curious and will accommodate writers of all levels.

You will need your preferred writing implements or software for this workshop.

Questions? Send a message to [email protected].

Made possible by a grant from the Alice L. Walton Foundation.