DETAIL : Jackson POLLOCK United States of America 1912 � 1956 Blue poles: Number 11, 1952 1952 enamel and aluminium paint with glass on canvas
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Stuart DAVIS | American landscape
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Stuart DAVIS
United States of America 1894 – 1964
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American landscape 1932
oil on canvas
40.8 (h) x 51.0 (w) cm
signed l.r., oil "Stuart Davis", not dated
Purchased 1980
NGA 1980.109
© Stuart Davis. Licensed by VAGA, New York and VISCOPY, Australia
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Stuart Davis was born on 7 December 1892 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Between 1909 and 1912 he studied at the school run by Robert Henri in New York, and in 1910 showed his work at the 'Exhibition of Independent Artists'. In 1913 he contributed work to the 'International Exhibition of Modern Art' (Armory show), at the same time providing illustrations for the socialist journal the Masses. He had his first solo exhibition at the Sheridan Square Gallery, New York, in 1917. Between 1920 and 1923 he provided drawings for the journal The Dial. his paintings at the time, Cubist in style with an American flavour, were to culminate in the 'eggbeater' series of 1927-28. Davis travelled to Europe in 1928-29. On his return to New York he taught at the Art Students League. During the 1930s he executed a number of murals, commissioned privately and under the auspices of the Federal Art Project of the Works Progress Administration. He was elected president of the Artists' Union in 1934. A retrospective exhibition of his work was shown at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 1945, and his work was included as part of the American representation at the first São Paulo Bienal in 1951 and at the Venice Biennale in 1952. A retrospective exhibition, mounted at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, in 1957, toured the United States. Davis died in New York on 24 June 1964.

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