Stuart Davis (1892-1964)
Stuart Davis (1892-1964)

Private Way

Stuart Davis (1892-1964)
Private Way
signed 'Stuart/Davis' (on the reverse)
oil on canvas
18 x 22 in. (45.7 x 55.9 cm.)
Painted circa 1916.
The artist.
Sale: Metropolitan Storage Co., New York, circa 1935.
[With]Robert Abels, New York.
Sale: Savoy Art & Auction Galleries, New York, Modern and Contemporary French and American Paintings, Sculpture, Drawing & Prints, 11 May 1956, lot 42 (as Private Way, Maine).
[With]Ira Spanierman, Inc., New York.
Acquired by the late owner from the above, 1968.
A. Boyajian, M. Rutkowski, Stuart Davis: A Catalogue Raisonné, vol. III, New Haven, Connecticut, 2007, pp. 44-45, no. 1387, illustrated.
(Probably) New York, The Little Studio, Inc., Stuart Davis: Early Paintings, April 5-10, 1954.
Montclair, New Jersey, Montclair Art Museum, A Love Affair: Fifty Years of Collecting American Art, September 18-October 30, 1988, no. 14 (as Gloucester).
Greenville, Delaware, Sommerville Manning Gallery, American & European Masters, April 17-May 30, 2015.

Lot Essay

The present work depicts Gloucester, Massachusetts. Karen Wilkin writes "Perhaps the most long-lasting and significant influences on Davis were the fishing town (and artists' colony) Gloucester and nearby Rockport, on Cape Ann. Davis and his family first went to Gloucester in the summer of 1915, attracted by John Sloan's enthusiasm. Eventually, his parents acquired a house on Mount Pleasant Avenue, where both Davis and his sculptor mother kept studios; over the next twenty years Davis would spend extended periods on Cape Ann. Gloucester imagery would permeate almost all of the work of this avowedly urban painter for years to come, but if the accoutrements of the working harbor held a lifelong fascination for him, the particulars of Gloucester space and geography were crucial to his early evolution." (Stuart Davis: A Catalogue Raisonné, vol. I, New Haven, Connecticut, 2007, p. 55)

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