Stuart Davis (1892-1964)
Stuart Davis (1892-1964)
Stuart Davis (1892-1964)
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The Jacqueline and Pierre Simon Collection
STUART DAVIS (1892-1964)

Harbor and Boats

Details
STUART DAVIS (1892-1964)
Harbor and Boats
signed and dated 'Stuart Davis 1922' (on the reverse)
oil and pencil on canvasboard
12 x 9 in. (30.5 x 22.9 cm.)
Painted in 1922 and 1951-52.
Provenance
The artist.
Estate of the above.
Salander-O'Reilly Galleries, Inc., New York.
Acquired by the late owners from the above, 1989.
Literature
A. Boyajian, M. Rutkowski, Stuart Davis: A Catalogue Raisonné, vol. III, New Haven, Connecticut, 2007, pp. 121-22, no. 1474, illustrated.
Exhibited
New York, Salander-O'Reilly Galleries, Inc., Stuart Davis: The Breakthrough Years, 1922-1924, November 4-December 26, 1987, n.p., no. 3, pl. 4, illustrated (as Untitled).
New York, Salander-O'Reilly Galleries, Inc., Stuart Davis: Motifs and Versions, November 2-December 27, 1988, n.p., no. 7, pl. 8, illustrated (as Untitled).

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Lot Essay

Harbor and Boats derives from a group of small 1922 oils depicting abstracted views of Gloucester, Massachusetts. Several of these compositions, including the present example, were revisited by the artist in 1951, which was not an uncommon practice for the period. According to Ani Boyajian and Mark Rutkowski, "Davis had begun drawing the compositions of his early canvases onto large-scale canvases in April 1951, elaborating upon those compositions with the addition of various new elements and configurations. Here, rather, the artist added the new elements and reworked the composition directly on the surface of his original 1922 canvas." (Stuart Davis: A Catalogue Raisonné, vol. III, New Haven, Connecticut, 2007, p. 122)
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