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Andrew Dasburg
U.S. 1887-1979
Mountain Landscape 47.0854

Mountain Landscape 47.0854

After visiting Europe in the first decade of the twentieth century, Andrew Dasburg returned to the United States, forever influenced by the Cubists, the post-Impressionists, and more importantly, Paul Cézanne; with the result that he became one of the champions of abstract art in America in the following decade. Because of Cézanne's influence, Dasburg turned his attention to form and color, the subject matter of secondary importance. In the course of time, his works progressively changed from realistic renditions to more cubist abstracted work. Dasburg visited Santa Fe and Taos, New Mexico for the first time in 1916, returning each spring to paint landscapes, eventually relocating permanently to Taos. This mountain landscape is similar to another oil painting Dasburg produced in 1926, New Mexican Village, which shows a cubist rendering of several buildings in the foreground and a vast expanse of rolling mountains behind.

Arthur B. Davies
U.S. 1862-1928
Study-Oxen 29.0503

Study-Oxen 29.0503

Kenneth Davies
U.S. b. 1925
The Andrea Da Messino Portrait OP 34

The Andrea Da Messino Portrait OP 34

In this lithograph, Kenneth Southworth Davies created a trompe-l'oeil (fool the eye) assemblage of objects, which are "nailed" to a boarded wall. They include a photograph of General Custer, various scraps of paper, one of which has Davies' name and the date "printed" on it, a portrait of a young Italian Renaissance man, a letter from Alice B. Toklas postmarked New Bedford, Massachusetts (the artist's home), upon which can be seen the words, "a rose by any other name," images of Sitting Bull and another Native American chief, and a rose. The portrait of a young man is based upon two well-known works by fifteenth-century Sicilian artist, Antonello da Messina. Antonella was known for "attaching" a trompe-l'oeil scrap of paper (a cartellino) at the bottom of his portraits upon which he "wrote" his name and the date.

John Deason
U.S. b. 1948
Drain, Lake Cheney, Kansas 89.0025

Drain, Lake Cheney, Kansas 89.0025

John Deason
U.S. b. 1948
Upper Room, I.O.O.F. Hall, Ely, Iowa 89.0024

Upper Room, I.O.O.F. Hall, Ely, Iowa 89.0024

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