“Always remember that in a painting color has a position, and a place, and it makes space.” (Stuart Davis)
Stuart Davis was born in Philadelphia on December 7, 1892. Born to Edward Wyatt Davis, who was the editor of the Philadelphia Press, and Helen Stuart Davis, who was a sculptor. At the Armory Show, which showed works by artists such as Vincent Van Gogh and Pablo Picasso, Davis knew what type of art he wanted to create. He became inspired and soon after Davis’ visit he became a major reason in cubism and modernism in America. Davis is mostly known for abstract still life and landscapes, and use of contemporary subjects. During the forty’s Davis became known for Jazz and pop art paintings, which had lots of bold, brash colors. At the Downtown Gallery in New Tork City Davis was represented by Edith Gregor Halpert. Davis took natural forms and transformed them into posterlike patterns with sharp edges and contrasting colors. Davis taught at the Art Students League in New York City and at the New School for Social Research, where he published serveral writings. Davis’ travels to different places around the world influenced his paintings. While in mexico he painted more flatter paintings like Still Life and Supper Table. The Eggbeater Series shows how Davis’ focus changes from a “focus on the logical elements” to a bigger focus of clairty, color, and form.
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