Arthur Bowen Davies
American, 1862-1928
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Collected by major museums
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields
Selected exhibitions
2018
Bernard Goldberg Fine Art at TEFAF New York Spring 2018,
Bernard Goldberg Fine Art
2017
The Nude in Print,
Childs Gallery
2015
An American Century,
ACA Galleries

Though his own paintings—idyllic pastorals inspired by Greek mythology and the Renaissance—suggest that he was immersed more in history than in his own time, Arthur Bowen Davies championed the avant-garde and was instrumental in fostering modernism in America. Aligned with the Ashcan School of painters, he was a principal organizer of the landmark 1913 Armory Show, which introduced European modernism to Americans. Davies also participated in the creation of the foremost venue for modern art: MoMA, in New York. Late in life, his allegiance to James Abbott McNeill Whistler’s principles and transcendentalist ideals found a happy medium in his minimalist landscape watercolors, made on trips to the Italian Alps.