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Air, Light, and Wave

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Air, Light, and Wave

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Arthur Bowen Davies
American, 1862–1928

Date

ca. 1914–1917

Medium

Oil on canvas

Accession #

59.27

Dimensions

26 1/16 x 39 7/8 inches

Location

Currently Not on View

Description

As one of the chief coordinators of the celebrated Armory Show of 1913 that first introduced the work of European avant-garde artists to the United States, Arthur Bowen Davies played a key role in the introduction of radical art forms in this country. In his own work Davies embraced a paradoxical approach to art-making that was both intuitive and intellectual, particularly in the variety of ways he treated the human figure. This painting stands at the stylistic midpoint in his work, between tradition oriented art and the rise of the abstract, synesthetic Synchromism movement, the most advanced mode of American painting at the time.

Credit

Purchase with Henry B. Scott Fund