The Mellow Pad
Stuart Davis
The Mellow Pad
Stuart Davis (American, Modernism, 1892-1964): The Mellow Pad, c. 1945-1951. Oil on canvas, 26-1/4 x 42-1/8 inches (66.7 x 107 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York, USA. © Estate fo Stuart Davis/VAGA, NY. © This artwork may be protected by copyright. It is posted on the site in accordance with fair use principles.



'Mr. Davis played down the significance of "pad" in his titles, saying it was just a word that amused him. But in jazz-talk, a "mellow pad" refers to an emotional state, a sweet spot experienced while giving a sizzling performance, say, or listening to one—and that's the feeling Mr. Davis was striving for ...'

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'[Stuart Davis] was well known for his jazz-influenced, proto pop art paintings of the 1940s and 1950s, bold, brash, and colorful, as well as his ashcan pictures in the early years of the 20th century.

... In 1913, Davis was one of the youngest painters to exhibit in the controversial Armory Show, where he displayed five watercolors ... Exposed at this exhibition to the work of such artists as Vincent van Gogh, Henri Matisse, and Pablo Picasso, Davis became a committed "modern" artist and a major exponent of cubism and modernism in America.'

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