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Egg Beater No. 2

Stuart Davis (1892-1964)

Object Details

  • Date

    1928

  • Object Type

    Paintings

  • Medium

    Oil on canvas

  • Dimensions

    36 1/4 x 29 1/4 in.

  • Inscriptions

    Recto:

    signed u.r.: STUART DAVIS

    Verso:

    titled and signed white label on stretcher: EGG-BEATER / NO. 2 / Stuart davis

  • Credit Line

    Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas

  • Accession Number

    1996.9

  • Copyright

    Public domain

Object Description

From 1927 to 1928, Davis created a landmark group of four paintings known as the Egg Beater series. Nailing an electric fan, a rubber glove, and an eggbeater to a table, he worked exclusively from the still-life subject matter, devising a style based on cubist principles of fragmenting three-dimensional objects into two-dimensional forms.

In Egg Beater No. 2, the second work in the series, Davis fused the still-life elements within a diamond-like central shape in a palette of pastel colors. The ordinary household objects become unrecognizable as vigorous patterns of intersecting, flat, geometric forms. The series, and this work in particular, earned Davis renown as one of America’s most avant-garde artists.

Additional details

Location: On view
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  • Why do artists create still lifes?

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    Students will create an abstract still life. Pose objects on a flat surface in front of students. Each student begins by dividing their paper into four parts by drawing one line down the center horizontally and one line down the center vertically. Students will then pick one object to draw four times in four different ways. Encourage students to think about textures, lines, and basic shapes.

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