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Impression of the New York World's Fair (mural study, Communications Building, World's Fair, Flushing, New York)

1938 Stuart Davis Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1892 Died: New York, New York 1964 Harper's Bazaar (Commissioner) gouache on paperboard sheet: 14 3/4 x 22 1/8 in. (37.5 x 55.9 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Transfer from the United States Information Agency through the General Services Administration 1995.27 Not currently on view

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This work is the only surviving design of the artist’s demolished mural for the Communications Building at the World’s Fair held in Flushing, New York, in 1939. This gouache was originally commissioned by Harper’s Bazaar magazine for its February 1939 issue. Impression of the New York World’s Fair is an interpretation of various architectural elements at the fair, such as the Perisphere and the Trylon, and of stripper Gypsy Rose Lee at center stage.

Graphic Masters II: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2009


Abstract - geometric

Cityscape - New York New York


paint - gouache