Egg Beater No. 2
Oil on canvas
36 1/4 x 29 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.