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CONNERSMITH is pleased to present a select view of Alma Thomas’s Macy’s Parade (1960).

With vibrant imagery painted in glowing red, orange and yellow hues, Macy's Parade epitomizes Thomas’s calligraphic watercolor style of the early 1960s. This rare to market work possesses an impeccable provenance and holds a historically significant position within the artist’s oeuvre.

Macy’s Parade, featured in the traveling exhibition Alma W. Thomas: Everything is beautiful, was recently on view at the Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA, the Frist Art Museum, Nashville, TN, the Phillips Collection, Washington, DC and the Columbus Museum, Columbus, GA (2021 – 2022). Exhibition organizers considered Macy’s Parade essential to their presentation, not only because of its exemplary style, but also because of its subject: large-scale helium balloon figures designed for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade by modernist puppeteer Tony Sarg. This iconic watercolor had an especially personal meaning for Thomas, who studied with Sarg in New York.

Previously Macy’s Parade was exhibited in the traveling exhibition Alma W. Thomas: A Retrospective, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, Indiana, Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL, New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ, Anacostia Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, The Columbus Museum, Columbus, GA (1998 - 2000).

Selected Works

Macys Parade

Alma Thomas

Macy's Parade, 1960

watercolor on paper

signed lower right recto

22.50h x 30w in