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New York Elevated

Stuart Davis (AKA Edward Stuart Davis), American, (December 7, 1892–June 24, 1964)

Creation date: ca. 1931
Creation place: United States

Other Information

Type: Gouache Painting
Medium and Support: Gouache on paper
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Norton S. Walbridge
Accession Number: 1976.201
State/Province: New York
Dimensions: 15 5/16 in. x 12 13/16 in. (38.89 cm x 32.54 cm)


Felix Landau Gallery, Los Angeles, California ( - April 7, 1967)

Stuart Davis, New York, New York (ca. 1931 - December 19, 1931)

The Downtown Gallery, Inc., New York, New York (December 19, 1931 - ca. 1944-1945)

O. Louis Guglielmi, New York, New York (ca. 1944-1945 - 1958)

Mrs. O. Louis Guglielmi, New York, New York (1958 - )

Mr. and Mrs. Norton S. Walbridge, La Jolla, California (April 7, 1967 - January 14, 1977)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (January 14, 1977 - )

Label Copy

October 2004
Stuart Davis left high school in Philadelphia to study with Robert Henri in New York. However, he credited the 1913 International Exhibition of Modern Art as the single most significant event of his professional life. Known popularly as the Armory Show, the exhibition introduced modern art to the United States. After seeing the exhibition, Davis began experimenting with various modernist idioms in search of his own mode of expression. In New York Elevated Davis has reduced the cityscape to a group of flattened, hard-edge symbols. The elevated train, or “el,” ran above street level through parts of Manhattan and was a frequent subject of Davis's work. Throughout his career Davis made use of the symbols that gave shape and character to modern American life, incorporating references to jazz, advertising trademarks, and slogans, as well as such industrial icons as the elevated train.
Last Updated: 3/20/2023


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

"The American Scene," Recent Paintings: New York, Gloucester The Downtown Gallery , 3/8/1932 - 3/21/1932

The Thirty-First Annual Water Color Exhibition and the Thirty-Second Annual Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts , 11/5/1933 - 12/10/1933

Paintings and Sculpture: Recent Works by Leading American Contemporaries, The Downtown Gallery , 5/26/1936 - 6/12/1936

Review of the Season The Downtown Gallery , 4/23/1940 - 5/11/1940

Modern Masters: Drawings and Watercolors Felix Landau Gallery , 4/3/1967 - 4/29/1967

Collectors Phoenix Art Museum , 9/9/1977 - 10/16/1977

200 Years of American Painting Fresno Art Center , 11/20/1977 - 12/30/1977

Stuart Davis' New York Norton Museum of Art , 10/26/1985 - 5/21/1986

The Walbridge Legacy The San Diego Museum of Art , 4/9/1988 - 5/29/1988

Urban Banality The San Diego Museum of Art , 7/9/2016 - 10/23/2016


This object has the following bibliographic references:

The Walbridge Legacy San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1988
Page Number: 59

Mr. Martin E. Petersen. San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1993
Page Number: 150

R. Andrew Maass. 200 Years of American Painting Fresno Art Center. Fresno, California, 1977
Page Number: 39 no. 62, 40, Figure Number: 28

Mary Ann Calo. The Picker Art Gallery Journal 1992-1993 Picker Art Gallery. Hamilton, New York, 1993
Page Number: 32, Figure Number: 3

Modern Masters: Felix Landau Gallery. Los Angeles, California, 1967
Page Number: cat. no. 4, Figure Number: 4

Ronald D. Hickman. Collectors Phoenix Art Museum. Phoenix, Arizona, 1977
Page Number: Cat. no. 36, Figure Number: 36

Nancy Barrow and Esther Grapes. Stuart Davis' New York Norton Museum of Art. West Palm Beach, Florida, 1985
Page Number: 90 no. 30

Dr. Bruce Weber. Stuart Davis' New York Norton Museum of Art. West Palm Beach, Florida, 1985
Page Number: 58, Figure Number: 30

William R. Wilson. The Los Angeles Times Book of California Museums Harry N. Abrams, Incorporated. New York, New York, 1986
Page Number: 268, 269, Figure Number: 221

Mr. D. Scott Atkinson. San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 2003
Page Number: 197, Figure Number: 197

Ms. Ani Boyajian, ed. Stuart Davis: Yale University Art Gallery. New Haven, Connecticut, 2007
Page Number: 578-579 no. 1151, Figure Number: 1151


Label, : FELIX LANDAU GALLERY / 702 N. La Cienega / Los Angeles 69, California / OLympia 2-1444 / STUART DAVIS / Artist / NEW YORK ELEVATED / Title / gouache 15 x 12" / Medium Size / c. 1931 / Date No. S.P.

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