Stuart Davis was a modernist painter and printmaker. Davis made colorful, abstract works, inspired by jazz and the Ashcan School of American painters.
Place de Vosges. Lithograph. 1928
Sixth Avenue El. Lithograph. 1931
The Philadelphia born artist spent time in New England and Paris before becoming an established artist in New York City. Davis was interested in social and political issues after returning from Europe and eventually headed an artist’s union. In addition to his bold paintings and murals, Davis published a number of graphic works. Prints made during Davis’s life are hand signed and numbered, while those made after his lifetime are unsigned, limited edition prints. Though his lithographs are usually black and white, his serigraphs mimic the brightness of his gouache paintings.
Theatre on the Beach. Lithograph. 1931
Hot Still Scape for Six Colors. Serigraph after oil painting. 1940.
Ivy League. Serigraph. 1953
Stuart Davis played an important role in the development of modern painting and printmaking in American art. Davis was successful at cultivating a unique style that has inspired future generations of artists and designers.