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1937 Stuart Davis Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1892 Died: New York, New York 1964 watercolor and gouache on paper sheet: 17 7/8 x 23 3/8 in. (45.4 x 59.4 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Transfer from the General Services Administration 1972.81 Not currently on view

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Davis’s abstract compositions contain many references to his experiences and observations. He said, “Some of the things which have made me want to paint, outside of other paintings, are: American wood and iron work of the past; Civil War and skyscraper architecture; the brilliant colors on gasoline stations, chain-store fronts and taxicabs; the music of Bach; synthetic chemistry; the poetry of Rimbaud; fast travel by train, auto and airplane which brought new and multiple perspectives; electric signs; the landscape and boats of Gloucester, Mass.; five-and-ten-cent-store kitchen utensils; movies and radio’ Earl Hines’ hot piano and Negro jazz music in general.”

Graphic Masters II: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2009




paint - gouache

paint - watercolor