25 April 2021

Snoopy Sees The Earth Wrapped In Sunset


In Snoopy Sees The World Wrapped In Sunset  the world in the shape and color of the sun is surrounded by its own color.  The yellow stripes represent the color that we associate with the sun while the reds and oranges represent the heat that emanates from it. Like several other paintings from this time, Snoopy Sees The World Wrapped In Sunset shares some visual similarities with pointillism but not its enervated reliance on a color formula that 19th century European artists mistook for science.

Awed by the Apollo landing on the moon in 1969, Thomas conceived a series of "Space' paintings.  Her take on space also had a light-hearted side. "When Apollo was put into orbit, Peanuts' Charlie Brown left Snoopy spinning around to enjoy the unbelievable," she said in 1972. Snoopy got his own series of seven pictures.   

Alma Thomas (1891-1978) was African-American artist who began painting in a representational style but, under the influence of Lois Maillou Jones, her style became more abstract. Although she painted throughout her life, Thomas did nt become a full-time artist until she was sixty-nine. At the age of eighty in 1972 Thomas became the first female African-American artist to receive a solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum. Although she taught junior high school art for thirty-five years Thomas was avtive in the local art scene and pushed back against discrimination wherever she encumbered it. 

For more about Alma Thomas go here.

Image: Alma Thomas - Snoopy Sees The Earth Wrapped In Sunset, 1970,  acrylic on canvas, Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Washington, DC.


Tania said...

I love these color games! It changes us from the blue planet and brings us closer to Mars ;-).

Jane said...

Tania, speaking of planets. As astronomers built more powerful telescopes and discovered other planets, they named them after Roman gods - but not Earth. They thought that we were something different and named Earth for the dirt under our feet. They also believed that the other planets orbited the Earth.

Tania said...

Ha ha, well observed !