Stuart Davis

Stuart Davis began as a student of the Urban Realist style, but found his passion for abstraction when he was introduced to European Modernism.  The influence of the broken-up and flattened surfaces of Cubism and the syncopated rhythms of American jazz contributed to Davis’ personal style.  As a true modern artist, Davis drew inspiration from all around him.  He wrote about “some of the things which have made me want to paint, outside of other paintings.”  Included on his list were “skyscraper architecture; the brilliant colors on gasoline stations, chain-store fronts, and taxi-cabs; the music of Bach; synthetic chemistry;  the poetry of Rimbeau [sic]; fast travel by train, auto, and aeroplane which brought new and multiple perspectives; electric signs; the landscape and boats of Gloucester, Mass.”