Pastel, chalk, and charcoal on a dark taupe paper, this drawing of a nude woman is strikingly beautiful and sensual.
The frame measures 17" x 21" and the sight size of the image is 9" x 11", and it is double matted with a creamy yellow and brighter white mat, with a mahogany colored wood frame.
Unsigned, it was attributed to Arthur Bowen Davies by a previous owner who owned several from this era, and one other was signed.
Many of these drawings and sketches by Davies were never signed, and the estate created a stamp which is often seen as his signature.
A.B. Davies (American 1862-1928) was an important figure in American art, as he endeavored to bring the modernist movement in art to the public, and was one of the principal organizers of the Armory Show in 1913.
Trained at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Chicago Academy of Design, the Art Students League of New York, and the Gorham Art Students League, he traveled and studied in Europe, focusing on classic realism. His style evolved to include Symbolism, tonalism and cubism. His interest in figural works was evident throughout his career, and his quick sketches of nudes are exemplary.
This image is particularly fine, with a light touch he manages to capture the essence of this beautiful young woman. More detailed than many of his nudes, it shows energy, light, and almost seems to breathe. A line drawn around the figure sets it off in it's own frame.
He often worked with dark paper, this taupe-brown shade showing up in many of his studies.
Please note that there is a bit of reflection on the glass in some of the photos, and marks or spots show up in the background, but those are only reflections. There are no mars or shifting of the pastel on the drawing.
The drawing is an attribution, but likely by the hand of Davies. We have owned many of his works in the past, and everything about this one rings true.
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