Arthur Bowen Davies

Arthur Bowen Davies

Davies, Arthur Bowen, 1862-1928, American painter and lithographer, b. Utica, N.Y., studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Art Students League, New York City. In 1893 he traveled in Europe and exhibited successfully on his return. A president of the Society of Independent Artists, he was largely responsible for the famous Armory Show of 1913. He was also a member of the Eight. A romantic artist, he favored symbolic pictures of the female nude in idyllic landscapes. Characteristic are his Maya, Mirror of Illusions (Art Inst., Chicago) and The Dawning (Brooklyn Mus., N.Y.). Less known are his lithographs and watercolors.

Arthur Bowen Davies (September 26, 1863October 24, 1928) was an avant-garde American artist.

He was born in Utica, New York and studied at the Chicago Academy of Design from 1879 to 1882. He briefly attended the Art Institute of Chicago and then moved to New York City where he studied at the Art Students League.

Davies was a principal organizer of the 1913 Armory Show and was a member of The Eight, a group of painters including five associated with the Ashcan school: William Glackens (1870-1938), Robert Henri (1865-1929), George Luks (1867-1933), Everett Shinn (1876-1953) and John French Sloan (1871-1951), along with Arthur B. Davies (1862-1928), Ernest Lawson (1873-1939) and Maurice Prendergast (1859-1924). Davies is best known for his ethereal figure paintings. He worked as a billboard painter, engineering draftsman, and magazine illustrator.

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  • Burroughs, A., The Art of Arthur B. Davies, Print Connoisseur, January 1923, p. 196.
  • Czestochowski, Joseph S., The Works of Arthur B. Davies, Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 1979.

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