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Saber Dance

1952 Gene Davis Born: Washington, District of Columbia 1920 Died: Washington, District of Columbia 1985 ink and ink wash on paper 13 1/2 x 16 1/2 in. (34.3 x 41.9 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Bequest of Florence Coulson Davis © 1952 Gene Davis Estate 1996.104.55 Not currently on view


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Davis began his career making gestural, abstract drawings in black ink, but the various grays in drawings such as Saber Dance indicate an incipient interest in color. Although he is best known for his colorful paintings of vertical stripes made later in his career, early drawings like this one reveal the breadth of his interests and his range of expression. Davis made the drawings without a subject in mind and gave them titles after he completed them.

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

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About Gene Davis

Born: Washington, District of Columbia 1920 Died: Washington, District of Columbia 1985

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