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Artist of the moment…..Stuart Davis



Stuart Davis was an American painter in a modernist style born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the year 1892. Davis is renowned for his work with jazz musicians and for being the American artist most influenced by the Cubist movement. His father was the editor of an art magazine and his mother was a sculptor.

From the Brooklyn Museum of Art we visit a large mural by Davis:

In this clip a montage of works by Stuart Davis:

Stuart Davis participated in ground breaking Chicago Armory Show that took place one century ago in 1913.

After this show Davis became associated with other modern painters including Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso.

For his landscapes the artist traveled to Cuba, the American southwest including Taos, and Europe with many scenes being painted of Paris.

The artist was part of the WPA, or Works Progress Administration, which was key in helping to build the career of artists just starting out as the country as a whole was experiencing tough economic times. For these murals Stuart Davis created works dealing with his love of jazz and music.

In this clip we view a large mural painted by Stuart Davis:

Stuart Davis passed away in 1964 at the age of 71 years old.

Price range information:  Prints and lithographs range from $10,000 to $50,000. Works in oils have broken the $1 million dollar barrier. Works in crayon and gouache range from $20,000 to $60,000.


Artist of the moment….Edwin Ambrose Webster

Edwin Ambrose Webster was an American artist born in the year 1869 in Chelsea, Massachusetts . The artist was first a traditional style painter and then participated in the famous Chicago Armory show and after that became a modernist painter. Webster enjoyed painting the sea, tropical landscapes such as locations in Jamaica, and the figure. Later in his career he also experimented with Cubist painting.

For his artistic education studied at the Boston Museum School of Art with renown painter Frank Weston Benson. Below an example of Benson’s style. Remember Edwin Webster was a traditional realist painter with a slight impressionistic touch before exploring modernism.


The artist started his own school  and helped found the artists colony in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Below is a booklet from this school. Webster was intrigued by the light surrounding the Cape Cod area.


Edwin Webster passed away in 1935.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

I really enjoy the way this artist portrayed the tropical landscape. Having come from a traditional realist background its easy to Webster was an excellent graphic designer and draftsman whose talent seemed to explode after he infused his art with more color.