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Saw

A work made of oil on canvas.

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

1923

Artist:

Stuart Davis (American, 1892–1964)

About this artwork

In this painting, Stuart Davis presented the saw as a modern icon for the 20th century. It is one of a series of paintings of solitary objects he produced in the 1920s. Here the tool floats in a Cubist composition of flat, abstract planes. The elevation of mundane objects to artistic subjects appealed to modernists like Davis because it signaled a new means of working that was free of art historical associations.

Status

On View, Gallery 271

Department

Arts of the Americas

Artist

Stuart Davis

Title

Saw

Place

United States (Artist's nationality:)

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1923

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Signed l.r.: Stuart Davis 1923

Dimensions

94 × 55.9 cm (37 × 22 in.)

Credit Line

Through prior gift of William Wrigley

Reference Number

1988.144

Extended information about this artwork

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