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STUART DAVIS
PROPERTY FROM A DISTINGUISHED PRIVATE COLLECTION, NEW JERSEY Davis ws one of the first American artists who combined European avant-garde ideas about abstraction with American realism of the 1920's and 30's. His mixing of American city life imagery with ideas of abstraction created a contemporary juxtaposition that had not been explored previously. The previous lot Rue de l'Echaude is an example of one of the eleven lithographs Davis produced while living in Paris in 1928-9. One sees his interest of architectural subjects described by various line patterns and large areas of shading. After returning from Paris, Davis completed five important lithographs in 1931, three of which we are offering in the following lots. They still incorporate the same motifs as earlier work, but they now include elements of cubism and surrealism that Davis absorbed from the Europeans. All three are American scenes, but now have an abstracted biomorphic feel to them. These examples have become icons of American Modernist lithography.
STUART DAVIS

Barber Shop Chord (C. and M. 14)

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STUART DAVIS
Barber Shop Chord (C. and M. 14)
lithograph, 1931, on wove paper, signed in pencil, numbered 17/25, with margins, faint handling creases, minor surface soiling, a 1½-inch repaired tear in the top margin just affecting the image, otherwise in good condition, framed
L. 137/8 x 187/8 in. (353 x 480 mm.)
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