Basquiat And Davis


Jazz has been an influence in many artist’s work, from painting to other forms of music. Jazz is an American music form that was developed from African-American work songs. The white man began to imitate them in the 1920’s and the music form caught on and became very popular. Two artists that were influenced by jazz were Jean-Michel Basquiat and Stuart Davis. The influence is quite evident in many of their works, such as Horn Players, by Basquiat, and Swing Landscape, by Davis.
Stuart Davis was born in Philadelphia in 1894. He grew up in an artistic environment, his father was art director of a Philadelphia newspaper, who had employed Luks, Glackens, and other members of the Eight. He ...

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into flat poster-like patterns with precise outlines and sharply contrasting colors.
He later went on to pure abstract patterns, into which he often introduced lettering, suggestions of advertisements, and posters. The zest and dynamism of such works as Swing Landscape reflect his interest in jazz, which Davis considered to be the counterpart to abstract art. Davis is often considered to be the outstanding American artist to work in a cubism idiom. He made witty and original use of it and created a distinctive American style, for however abstract his works became he always claimed that every image he used had its source in observed reality. Davis once said “ I paint what I see in America, in other words I paint the American scene.”
Stuart Davis’ works of the late 1930’s celebrate the urban and technological environment and are quite complex and frequently recall Legers’s brightly coloured geometric forms. Early works depict saloons and ragtime musicians. Titles and images of his ...

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