VG/VG. Black cloth/boards; copper lettering. Orange DJ with color illustration. xxi, 469 pp. with 101 bw plates. This is the first full-length biography of the American artist Arthur B. Davies, who played a major role in twentieth-century American art's coming-of-age. It was Davies who made possible the landmark exhibitions of The Eight and The Rockwell Kent Independent, and in 1913 he emerged as the mastermind behind the Armory Show, the first large-scale display of European modern art in the United States. Drawing on extensive archival research, including previously unavailable letters and diaries, this book covers the breadth and depth of the artist's life and career, from his boyhood in Utica in the 1860s; through his close association with such artists and collectors as Robert Henri, John Sloan, Alfred Stieglitz, Lizzie Bliss, and Abby Aldrich Rockefeller; to his death in Italy in 1928 in the company of his mistress, with whom he had lived a secret double life as "David A. Owen" for more than twenty years. Included are 101 color and black-and-white illustrations of Davies's own work, ranging from romantic dream visions to fragmented cubist forms, as well as photographs depicting his family and friends.
Very Good. No Jacket. Book. 4to-over 9¾-12" tall. Illustrated. Light shelf wear; some light underling in red pen throughout. Arthur Bowen Davies (1863-1928) was an avant-garde American artist and influential advocate of modern art in the United States c. 1910-1928. Arthur B. Davies is an anomaly in American art history, an artist whose own lyrical work could be described as restrained and conservative but whose tastes were as advanced and open to experimentation as those of anyone of his time. As art historian Milton Brown wrote of Davies' early period, "A product of the Tonalist school and Whistler, he had developed a unique decorative style. He was completely eclectic, " with influences that ranged from Hellenistic Greek art to Sandro Botticelli, the German painter Arnold Böcklin, and the English Pre-Raphaelites.
Near Fine in Very Good jacket. Book. Inscribed by Author(s) SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY BENNARD PERLMAN TO ARTIST ROBERT RICHENBURG. 1st Edition. Hard bound in dust jacket. Dust jacket shows very slight wear, otherwise in near fine condition.
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