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Theater on the Beach

Davis, Stuart

Theater on the Beach

lithograph on paper, artist proof

1993 Purchase funded by The Collectors Club

Stuart Davis was fascinated with modernism. He traveled to Paris in 1928 where a growing number of American artists eagerly pursued lithography as an artistic medium. Lithography was associated with commercial reproduction and was not considered an art form. Upon his return to New York in 1929, Davis produced five lithographs which combined images of Paris, New York City and Gloucester Beach. In "Theater on the Beach" Davis incorporated elements of Gloucester Beach (at left) with the ornate Parisian Theater de l'Atelier (at right) and superimposed a Picasso-like figure over the two scenes.