Egg Beater No. 2
Oil on canvas
29 1/4 x 36 1/4 in.
signed u.r.: STUART DAVIS
titled and signed white label on stretcher: EGG-BEATER / NO. 2 / Stuart davis
Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas
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.
Constructive Spirit: Abstract Art in South and North America, 1920s-50sJune 26–September 5, 2010
Featuring approximately 80 seldom-seen paintings, sculptures, prints, photographs, drawings, and films, this exhibition juxtaposes the work from artists of the Americas, providing a fresh and innovative look at this dynamic and cosmopolitan period of modernism.
American Vanguards: Graham, Davis, Gorky, de Kooning and their Circle, 1927-1942June 9–August 19, 2012
American Vanguards highlights the works and efforts of the charismatic John Graham and his circle of New York artists, who, along with forging their own identities in the art world, played a critical role in defining and shaping American modernism.
American Still LifeFebruary 14–August 16, 2015
Organized in celebration of a recent acquisition, American Still Life highlights the ability of 19th and 20th-century American artists to celebrate the ordinary through their paintings, whether trompe l’oeil masters or modernist photographers.
Why do artists create still lifes?
Why might an artist return to the same subject multiple times or in multiple works of art?
How can color, line, and shape represent objects?
How and why might an artist’s style change over time?
How have American still lifes changed over time? How have they remained the same?
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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