Stuart Davis - Editions & Works on Paper New York Tuesday, April 20, 2021 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Estate of the artist
    Associated American Artists, New York, 1971

  • Literature

    Sylvan Cole and Jane Myers 6

  • Catalogue Essay

    This image relates to the Porte St. Martin arch in the 10th arrondissement in Paris.

    In his Arch No. 1 and Arch No. 2 lithographs 'Davis refines and reassembles these on-site impressions, creating ambitious compositional arrangements while retaining the overriding presence of the arch, combining it with Parisian facades and an oversized rum bottle. The "split composition" of these prints, featuring buildings adjacent to the archway, provides the artist with an opportunity to juxtapose interior and exterior space in a single image, a contrast that intrigued him.' Jane Myers, Stuart Davis, Graphic Work and Related Paintings, 1986, p. 24-5.

    The date ink stamp on the reverse was the date the artist dropped off the print to The Downtown Gallery. In 1927, Davis joined Edith Halpert’s Downtown Gallery located at 113 West 13th Street - Greenwich Village's first commercial art gallery.

    The use of 'China' paper, a thin, smooth paper imported from the orient - but often from India or Japan as well as from China - permits the printer to retain every subtlety of the drawing. In the printing process, the thin, china paper is placed against the stone and is then covered with a sheet of heavier paper, to which the thin paper is adhered as it passes through the press, hence the term chine collé. Clinton Adams, American Lithographers 1900-1960, The Artists and Their Printers, 1983, p. 74.

Property from a Midwest Collection This lot is to be Sold with No Reserve


Lot offered with No Reserve

Arch No. 1 (C. & M. 6)

Lithograph, with Chine collé to Rives BFK paper, with full margins.
I. 9 3/4 x 13 5/8 in. (24.8 x 34.6 cm)
S. 12 3/4 x 18 1/2 in. (32.4 x 47 cm)

Signed and numbered 28/30 in pencil (there is also one known artist's proof), with The Downtown Gallery date stamp 'Oct 31, 1930' on the reverse, framed.

$2,000 - 4,000 

Sold for $2,016

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Editions & Works on Paper

New York Auction 20 - 22 April 2021