What Is Tonalism? (12 Essential Characteristics)
David Adams Cleveland
plate: 20 x 30.2 cm (7 7/8 x 11 7/8 in.) sheet: 23.6 x 36 cm (9 5/16 x 14 3/16 in.)
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.
American, 1862-1928, Utica, New York