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Property from an Estate, Naples, Florida
Signature: signed, titled and dated 1972 on the reverse
Pittsburgh, Michael Berger Gallery, Group Exhibition, May 1973
Michael Berger Gallery, Pittsburgh
Acquired from the above by the present owner
Gene Davis is famous for painting lively compositions of thin, vibrantly colored stripes. Along with Morris Louis and Kenneth Noland, Davis was at the center of the Washington, D.C. contingent of Color Field painters known as the Washington Color School. Fascinated by color relationships, Davis delighted in alternating thin bright vertical stripes to create syncopated patterns reminiscent of jazz and bebop. In an Upstate New York parking lot in 1972, he painted Niagara, which, at 43,680 square feet, was the largest painting ever made at the time.
American, 1920-1985, Washington, D.C.