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Artist Thomas, John
Date 1960
Medium oil on canvas
Culture European (British)
Catalog Number 1964.3
Collection Modern Art Collection
Object Name Painting
Credit line Purchase Award, 14th Annual Tucson Festival Exhibition
Didactic Information John Thomas
Conversation, 1960

Engaged in silent conversation, three anonymous women reveal the theme of storytelling in their intimate gathering. Chairs pulled close, we know the women are familiar-possibly sharing the same street in their neighborhood, or even relatives navigating familial matters. The viewer becomes a bystander in the discussion unfolding between the figures. The impasto Thomas uses reinforces their presence by introducing an expressive, almost three-dimensional quality to his work.