Arboretum by Flashbulb

Stuart Davis American

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This composition embodies the syncopated rhythms of American jazz and the dynamism of modern life. Working with a limited palette of just five colors, plus black and white, the artist produced a tour-de-force of patterns, shapes, color combinations, and spatial ambiguities. Abstracted almost beyond recognition, the image is based on a garden, momentarily illuminated by the yellow-and-red light of a camera flash.

Arboretum by Flashbulb, Stuart Davis (American, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1892–1964 New York), Oil on canvas

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