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Stuart Davis: Graphic Work and Related Paintings with a Catalogue Raisonne of the Prints Diane Kelder

Stuart Davis: Graphic Work and Related Paintings with a Catalogue Raisonne of the Prints

Diane Kelder

Published August 1st 1986
ISBN : 9780883600559
Hardcover
96 pages
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The editor of this startling book claims that Stuart Davis made the first truly original American avant-garde painting. Niggling arguments aside, it finally gives Davis his due, which has always been difficult. His most familiar paintings are soMoreThe editor of this startling book claims that Stuart Davis made the first truly original American avant-garde painting. Niggling arguments aside, it finally gives Davis his due, which has always been difficult. His most familiar paintings are so flatly poster-like that they prefigure many similarly cool movements, from conceptual to pop art, but without the intellectual or humorous trappings of the latter. The early works reproduced here show a sensitive side of Davis. In a 1912 self-portrait, for example, the artist looks troubled and tubercular, glancing over his shoulder at a distant female figure. The colors are wintry, the paint thickly applied. Later, when Davis discovers modernism, it is as if he embraces the logic of abstraction as an antidote to the deeper emotions of his youth. This comprehensive volume gives readers enough information to decide for themselves. --Margaret Moorman