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Courtesy Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas. Photography by Edward C. Robison III.


Artist: Stuart Davis (1892 - 1964)
Date: 1912
32 1/4 x 26 1/2 in. (81.9 x 67.3 cm)
Framed: 40 7/8 in. × 33 1/2 in. × 4 in.
Medium: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: Promised Gift to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas
Inscriptions: verso:
Signed: l.r.: Stuart Davis
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Label TextStuart Davis painted urban scenes using bold color and contrasting passages of light and dark. His style parallels the improvisational musical patterns of jazz , which he loved. Davis’s Self-Portrait creates a dynamic pattern of right angles that define his face, and his typically bright color combinations are absent here. The figure has been intentionally separated from the outside world, suggesting a separation between Davis's public and private lives.