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Arthur Bowen Davies

Arthur B. Davies (1862-1928) was born in Utica, New York, Davies was well known as a great painter and the organizer of the Armory Show of 1913 which brought Modernism to the U.S. public. At the age of fifteen, he studied with the landscape painter Dwight Williams in Utica, New York. He also studied with Corwin at the Art Institute of Chicago. In 1887, Davies took classes at the Art Students League. Davies worked in many media including wood, ivory, marble, wax, lithography, etching, watercolor, oil, enamel, glass, weaving, and more. His paintings often reflected scenes of imagination with allegorical and mythic overtones. He had a reputation for painting ethereal figures. He was also interested in printmaking: he created over 200 works between 1916 and 1928. He was the president of the Society of Independent Artists, a recluse, and mystical thinker. His work is included in the permanent collections of almost 100 institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum, the San Deigo Museum of Art, and the National Gallery of Art.

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