Stuart Davis American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 902

Influenced by the Cubist language of flat, overlapping planes and wedges, Davis used geometric shapes in related colors to create this still life. Here, he deconstructs the cylindrical forms of a mass-produced, percolator coffeepot and renders the everyday object both abstract and identifiable. By choosing an industrially produced consumer product as his subject, Davis put a new spin on the spatial innovations of the previous decade’s European avant-garde art movements.

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

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