Abstraction

  • Stuart Davis, Abstraction, 1937, watercolor and gouache on paper, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the General Services Administration, 1972.81

Exhibition Label
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

Title
Abstraction
Artist
Date
1937
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
sheet: 17 7/8 x 23 3/8 in. (45.4 x 59.4 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Transfer from the General Services Administration

Mediums
Mediums Description
watercolor and gouache on paper
Classifications
Keywords
  • Abstract
Object Number
1972.81
Palette
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