Sheet: 30.5 x 40.7 cm (12 x 16 in.); Platemark: 18.6 x 19.5 cm (7 5/16 x 7 11/16 in.)
Bequest of Lockwood Thompson (by exchange) 1997.156
© Estate of Stuart Davis / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY
Catalogue raisonné: Cole/Myers 25
Davis, an advocate of abstract art, said he wanted "to express in the materials of art the new lights, speeds and spaces of our epoch. Modern chemistry, physics, electricity . . . have produced a world in which all the conceptions of Time and Space have been enormously expanded and modern and abstract art both reflect and are an active agent in this expansion." The lively, colorful pattern of Study for a Drawing conveys constant motion, just like the syncopated rhythm of the jazz Davis loved.
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