Considering that so much has been and will be written on art, in the last analysis, painting at its best consists of truth to one's paint, to one's self and one's time, and most of all to one's God and one's dream.
Theodoros Stamos (as quoted in The New American Painting, p. 72)
This painting comes from the noteworthy Abstract Expressionist collection of the Post-War painter V.V. Rankine and was acquired from the artist the year of its creation. An active participant in the New York art scene in the 1950's, Rankine acquired some of the best works of the period. According to Rankine, this painting was inspired by Stamos's trip to Paris, in which he saw a fire through a hotel window,as can be seen in the red, jagged flames and the smoke-like clouds of white. This painting was included in the landmark Abstract Expressionist survey, The New American Painting, organized by the Museum of Modern Art, which put the movement (and American art in general) at the forefront of the avant-garde. Underscoring its importance, it was one of only three Stamos works illustrated in the exhibition catalogue.