Arthur Bowen Davies

(1862-1928)

Arthur Davies was a multi-talented artist who worked in a wide range of materials. He studied at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1878 and at the Art Students League in 1887. His media ranged from sculpted wood, ivory, marble and wax to lithos, etchings, oil and enamel as well as glass work and weaving. The subjects of his paintings were usually female nudes, dancing in a landscape. He was the president of the Society of Independent Artists and his work was represented by Macbeth Galleries in NYC. Davies painted only two women throughout his career, his mistress (1903-13) and a model (1914-1928). His paintings were often done on long, horizontal canvases with a procession of nudes, painted at the moment of inhalation because Davies believed that would capture a life like quality. He also exhibited his work with The Eight. Davies organized the Armory Show of 1913, giving the public their first exposure to the scope of modern trends, affecting the course of American art history. His work can be seen at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Metropolitan Museum in NYC.