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Stuart Davis
Int'l Surface No. 1
1960
oil
57 1/8 x 45 1/8 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc.



Fortune Magazine asked seven artists to create modern still-life paintings based on items purchased from a supermarket. Stuart Davis arranged the food packages on the floor of his studio, and then he played with the labels to create a witty composition on the canvas. Davis offers coded references to his interest in jazz by choosing words like "cat" and "juice," which double as musical slang.