Abstract Saturday: Alma Woodsey Thomas

(American, 1891 - 1978) Alma Thomas was the first African-American woman to have a solo art exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, in 1971. She was 80 years old. She returned to painting after retiring from her long career as a school teacher. 

Alma Thomas, Yellow and Blue, 1959

Alma Thomas, Untitled, 1960

 Alma Thomas, White Daisies Rhapsody - 1973

Alma Thomas, Azaleas in Spring, 1968

 Alma Thomas, WASHINGTON, DC, 1967

Alma Thomas, 'Fall Approaching,' 1969, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery

 

 Alma Thomas, Untitled, acrylic on paper, 8 x 9 1/2 inches

Alma Thomas, Untitled, ca. 1960, oil on canvas.

Aaron Birnbaum, memory painter

He was a dress manufacturer who took up painting at the age of 70 and became a beloved folk artist. His daughter brought him paints and art supplies to help ease the loneliness after the death of his wife.  A year before his death at the age of 103 in 1998,  Birnbaum went to the opening of a retrospective of his work at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art in Ridgefield, Conn. "When they arrived for the opening, Mr. Schuss recalled, Mr. Birnbaum seemed humbled, saying, 'If I would have known my paintings were going to a museum, I would have worked a little longer on them.'" — 1998 NYT obituary.

Abstract Saturday: William Baziotes

I've always loved "The Parachutists."  Here are a few more of the works of Baziotes ( 1912-1963, American) from the same period.

William-Baziotes, The Parachutists 1944

Woman at window 1946

William Baziotes, The Schoolroom, 1943. Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Gift of Clement Greenberg. © William Baziotes

The Room, 1945

Abstract Saturday: Bradley Walker Tomlin

Bradley Walker Tomlin (1899–1953), Number 2 – 1950, 1959. Whitney Museum of American Art

Number 20 by Bradley Walker Tomlin 1949 via WikiArt

Interplanetary Greeting by Bradley Walker Tomlin 1949 via Cornell University

No. 8 by Bradley Walker Tomlin 1952 via the phillips collection

Number 7 by Bradley Walker Tomlin 1953

BRADLEY WALKER TOMLIN Untitled, circa 1960 via Phillips.com