By Agnes Pelton

Dense clouds that push and loom
Too early, darkening the day.

Above the streaming palms
Bent low to earth
Sharp points of blowing sand converge
Are posed beneath the sky's light blue
In balanced conformation.

Below this flowering, remote, serene
Behold the movement luminous -
A rainbow in the dust.


  • Title: Sand Storm
  • Creator: Agnes Pelton
  • Date Created: 1932
  • Physical Dimensions: 30 1/4 × 22 in. (76.8 × 55.9 cm)
  • Provenance: Mr. Buell Hammett [1895-1945] and Mrs. Buell Hammett, Santa Barbara, CA, by 1943; (Martin Diamond Fine Arts, New York, NY); to Private Collection, by 1990; to (Hirschl & Adler Galleries, New York, NY); purchased by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR, 2012
  • Rights: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas.
  • External Link: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
  • Medium: Oil on canvas

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