Ancestral ShoreArtist(s)Theodoros StamosObject Creation Date1948Medium & Supportoil on boardDimensions
20 in x 24 in (50.8 cm x 60.96 cm)Credit LineGift of the Betty Parsons FoundationLabel copy
Stamos was a member of the younger generation of Americans who gravitated to the Surrealist emigrés in New York; this group also included Seligmann and Gorky. The vocabulary of his paintings come from natural forms—plants and rocks. He combines them, however, into richly evocative works that have strong liminal associations.
Stamos had his first one-man show in New York in 1943, at the Wakefield Gallery. Its gallery director, Betty Parsons, acquired Ancestral Shore.
Label copy from exhibition "Dreamscapes: The Surrealist Impulse," August 22 - October 25, 1998Primary Object ClassificationPaintingCollection AreaModern and ContemporaryRights
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