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Arboretum by Flashbulb

Stuart Davis (American, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1892–1964 New York)

Date:
1942
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
H. 18, W. 36 inches (45.7 x 91.4 cm.)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Edith and Milton Lowenthal Collection, Bequest of Edith Abrahamson Lowenthal, 1991
Accession Number:
1992.24.2
  • Description

    This composition embodies the syncopated rhythms of American jazz and the dynamism of modern life. Working with a limited palette of just five colors, plus black and white, the artist produced a tour-de-force of patterns, shapes, color combinations, and spatial ambiguities. Abstracted almost beyond recognition, the image is based on a garden, momentarily illuminated by the yellow-and-red light of a camera flash.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Signature: Signed (upper left): Stuart Davis

  • Exhibition History

    New York: Salander-O'Reilly Galleries, Inc. April 6 - May 11, 2002. ¦Stuart Davis: Major Late Paintings, 1945-1964¦.

    Venice, Italy: Peggy Guggenheim Collection, June 7 - October 5, 1997. Washington, DC: National Museum of American Art, May 22 - September 7, 1998. ¦Stuart Davis Retrospective¦

    Fukushima, Japan: Koriyama City Museum of Art, July 8-August 6, 1995; Otsu, Shiga, Japan: Museum of Modern Art, August 12-October 1, 1995; Tokyo, Japan: Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum, October 10-November 20, 1995. ¦Stuart Davis/Retrospective 1995¦. Exh. cat. no. 60, p. 102 (illus in color).

    San Francisco, California: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, March 24 - June 7, 1992.

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