• Important American Paintings,  auction at Christies

    Sale 2225

    Important American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture

    2 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 17

    Stuart Davis (1892-1964)

    Still

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    Stuart Davis (1892-1964)
    Still
    signed 'Stuart Davis' (upper center)
    gouache and pencil on paper
    5¼ x 7½ in. (13.3 x 19.1 cm.), image size; 7 x 10 in. (17.8 x 25.4 cm.), sheet size
    Executed in 1953.


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    The present work, which is based on a photograph of a man with a still from an unidentified newspaper clipping, embodies the style and energy of Davis' mature works as well as his predilection for incorporating various influences into his art.

    Provenance

    The artist.
    [With]The Downtown Gallery, New York.
    Edwin C. Wilson, Washington, D.C., 1955.
    Sotheby Parke Bernet, Inc., New York, 21 March 1974, lot 67.
    [With]Forum Gallery, New York.
    Private collection, Chicago, Illinois.
    Estate of the above.
    Christie's, New York, 28 May 1992, lot 253.
    Acquired by the present owner from the above.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE NEW YORK COLLECTION


    Literature

    Walker Art Center, Stuart Davis: An Exhibition, exhibition catalogue, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1957, p. 48, no. 34.
    A. Boyajian and M. Rutkoski, Stuart Davis: A Catalogue Raisonné, vol. two, New Haven, Connecticut, 2007, p. 670, no. 1276, illustrated.


    Exhibited

    New York, The Downtown Gallery, Art Gems for Christmas, December 8-31, 1953.
    Minneapolis, Minnesota, Walker Art Center, and elsewhere, Stuart Davis, March 30-May 19, 1957, no. 34.