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Arthur B. Davies




 


 

Arthur B. Davies

born Sept. 26, 1862, Utica, N.Y.,U.S.
died Oct. 24, 1928, Florence, Italy

in full Arthur Bowen Davies American painter, printmaker, and tapestry designer known for his idylls of classical fantasy painted in a Romantic style but best remembered for his leadership in introducing modern European painting styles into early 20th-century America.
Trained in Utica, New York City, and Chicago, Davies at first painted atmospheric landscapes in the Romantic manner—e.g., “Along the Erie Canal” (1890; Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.). It was after 1900 that his most characteristic works were created—idyllic scenes of elegant nude figures and mythological creatures gracefully grouped in frieze compositions before stark Romantic landscapes—e.g., “Crescendo” (1910; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City).
In 1908 Davies organized an exhibit of artists who came to be known as The Eight (q.v.), or ultimately as the Ashcan School. As president of the Society of Independent Artists, Davies was a major figure in the organization of the sensational Armory Show (q.v.) of 1913, which brought the works of European and American modernists to the attention of the U.S. public. Davies himself adopted a modified Cubist style for several years and painted rhythmic patterns of geometricized fragments of natural forms and figures—e.g., “Dancers” (after 1913; Detroit Institute of Arts). During the last decade of his career he returned to a representational style and devoted much of his time to etching and colour lithography.
 


 
 

 

 

Maya, Mirror of Illusions
1910


 

Sleep Lies Perfect in Them
1908


 

The Hesitation of Orestes
1915



 

Children in a Landscape


 

Dance of the Fireflies


 

Reclining Woman
1911


 

Dancers
1914


 

Three Nudes


 

A Measure of Dreams
1908


 

Adventure


 

Eleven Nudes
1910


 

Nude Studies


 

Sleeping Woman


 

Man with Goat


 

Eyelids of the Sunset
 

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