Jefferson Market, New York

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

Oil on canvas
33 1/8 x 22 1/8 in. (84.1 x 56.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Carl D. Lobell, 1996
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  • Description

    In 1930 Davis mounted an exhibition of street scenes that he had painted during a fourteen-month stay in Paris (1928–29). That same year, he painted Jefferson Market, more tightly composed and spatially complex than his French street scenes. Viewed behind successive layers of lamppost and elevated train structures, the soaring clock tower of the 1870s courthouse, a Greenwich Village landmark built on the site of an older open market, can be seen.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Signed (lower right): STUART DAVIS; Signed and inscribed (verso, on stretcher): JEFFERSON MARKET/ 4/ STUART DAVIS

  • Exhibition History

    New York, New York: Richard York Gallery, October 19 - December 8, 1995. ¦Modernism at the Salons of America, 1922 - 1936¦. Exh. cat., no. 7, ill. in color, p. 4; exhibition checklist p. 15.

    Munich, Germany: Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung, June 1 - September 2, 2001. ¦Der Kuhle Blick, Realismus der 20er Jahre¦. Exh. Cat.

  • References

    Sweeny, James Johnson. Stuart Davis. NY: The Museum of Modern Art, 1945. Mentioned in text, p. 27

    Weber, Bruce. Stuart Davis' New York. The Norton Gallery and School of Art, 1985. Illus. plate 14, p. 45, and discussed in text p. 11

    Schmied, Wieland. Der Kuhle Blick: Realismus der zwanziger Jahre. Munich: Prestel, 2001. Pg. 130 (discussed); Pg. 131 (ilus. in color).

  • See also
    In the Museum
    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History