Stuart Davis

Town and Boats


American Art

26 May 2022

Lot 25

Here's a thoughtfully executed work from the early thirties with a bold and confident line, so fresh and lively, it awakens any tiredness from the present moment. We welcome Davis's attention to the visual richness of coastal New England, in particular the outline of industrial buildings contrasted with sails, ship-masts, and rigging...nautical symbols of freedom. These juxtaposed compositions and sophisticated use of colour are entirely modern in the American tradition, a lineage of visual sophistication which later facilitated the imagery of urban graffiti artists including Basquiat and Haring. Auction estimate US $30,000 - $50,000.

William Dobell    Sydney Harbour Bridge, 1941

Australian and Internatioal Art
24 May 2022