Gene Davis, ‘Popsicle’, 1969, Bethesda Fine Art
Gene Davis, ‘Popsicle’, 1969, Bethesda Fine Art

"Popsicle" became famous during the Great Gene Davis Giveaway of 1969. Davis enlisted several artists to create fifty identical Popsicle paintings to be given away as a public celebration of his striped paintings. On May 22, 1969, members of Washington's art community gathered in the ballroom of the Mayflower Hotel, where their names were put into a punch bowl. Fifty lucky guests whose names were drawn each left with a free "Gene Davis!"

Signature: 4 signatures, including Gene Davis

About Gene Davis

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.