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Colors of Spring in the Harbor

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Colors of Spring in the Harbor

Artist: Stuart Davis (American, 1894 - 1964)

Date: 1939
Medium: Gouache on watercolor board
Overall: 12 x 16in. (30.5 x 40.6cm)
Framed: 16 1/4 x 19 1/4 x 1 1/2in. (41.3 x 48.9 x 3.8cm)
Signed: Lower right (green paint): 'Stuart Davis'
Credit Line: Edward W. Root Bequest
Object number: 57.126
Label Text
Davis created an essentially American abstraction based on his interpretations of popular culture, especially advertising and jazz. He suppressed the illusion of three dimensions in his compositions by simplifying forms into flattened, overlapping shapes which he then organized into rhythmic patterns with vibrant colors.

Davis spent his summers painting and drawing in Massachusetts seaside towns, such as Provincetown and Gloucester. He liked the rocky coast, the surf and the busy ports: “It was an adventure to go through the piers, the houses on the piers and look at the whaling gear.”

Mary E. Murray

Presumed copyright: the artist or the artist's representative/heir(s) / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.