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Stuart Davis

Abstraction
1937
watercolor and gouache
17 7/8 x 23 3/8 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the General Services Administration

Stuart Davis's abstract compositions contain many references to his own experiences and observations. "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."