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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 color of the canvas. Each ring is made up of a series of short, rectangular strokes and some bands are narrower while others are a bit wider. The majority of the rings are crimson and brick reds, and they’re interspersed with several bands of lapis blue, two army green rings, and two pale pink rings. The single pumpkin orange band is the smallest, innermost ring at the center. There is one aqua colored ring just inside the lone white ring, which is the first to get cut 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

Dialogues in Modern Art

  • Thursday, January 9, 2020
  • 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • East Building Atrium

This tour explores connections and “dialogues” between modern and contemporary works of art on view in the reinstalled East Building. Participants will look closely at selected works and have an opportunity to engage in open-ended discussion to discover multiple levels of meaning in modern paintings and sculpture.

Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday at 2:30 p.m.