Gene Davis

Tightrope, 1973

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Lithograph on handmade Oatmeal paper
28.0 x 39.0 in (71.1 x 99.1 cm)
71 of 75
Signed on verso


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This work depicts Davis's delicate stripes of color on a grayish background.

About Gene Davis

Gene Davis (American, 1920-1985) was best known for his abstract Color field paintings he developed in 1949 while working as a White House press correspondent and coming into contact with the works of Paul Klee. After refining his characteristic style of rhythmic, colorful compositions of vertical stripes in acrylic paint in 1959, Davis’ painting, “Black Grey Beat,” (1964) was widely regarded for his exemplary style and aesthetic. Critics and contemporaries identified him as a prominent member of the Washington Color School, an art movement that gained momentum in the late 1950s to mid-1960s, and included artists Morris Louis and Kenneth Noland. Davis described his method as "a tendency to raid my past without guilt [by] going back and picking up on some idea that I flirted with briefly, say fifteen or twenty years ago. I will then take this idea and explore it more in depth, almost as if no time had elapsed between the present and the time of its original conception." Davis was the recipient of numerous honors in the later stages of his life and career, most notably his role as commissioner of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.