Stuart Davis: In Full Swing
Solo en Inglès
This audio guide features commentary about selected works in the exhibition Stuart Davis: In Full Swing, especially for kids.
509Stuart Davis, Swing Landscape, 1938
500 Introduction to Stuart Davis: In Full Swing
502 Stuart Davis, Odol, 1924
505 Stuart Davis, Egg Beater No. 4, 1928
507 Stuart Davis, House and Street, 1931
509 Stuart Davis, Swing Landscape, 1938
511 Stuart Davis, The Mellow Pad, 1945-51
514 Stuart Davis, Owh! In San Pao, 1951
517 Stuart Davis, Première, 1957
Narrator: Look closely at the shapes in this painting. Do they remind you of anything? See if you can find some that look like ships. Davis loved to paint the fishing boats that he saw around Gloucester, Massachusetts, where he often spent the summer. He returned to their forms again and again over the years. He improvised on them like a jazz musician plays with different tunes. And in fact, have you noticed that we’ve played a lot of jazz on this tour? Davis loved jazz—he said it was really important to his painting.
Stuart Davis: I must say that in the major part of my career, when I wanted inspiration from American art, I went to jazz music.
Narrator: Davis called this painting Swing Landscape. Swing is big-band jazz, a kind of dance music. If you listened to this painting, what would it sound like? In Swing, the rhythms really move. Can you find shapes that seem to dance across the canvas?