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VESTIE DAVIS (American, 1903-1978)

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VESTIE DAVIS (American, 1903-1978)

Lot 1118 Details

Description
Untitled (Steeplechase Swimming Pool, Coney Island, NY), 1959
Oil on canvas (framed)
Signed and dated
12" x 16"

Vestie Davis was born in Baltimore, moved to New York City in 1928, and never left. He worked many jobs, among them train conductor, circus barker and ticket taker, undertaker, church organist, and subway newsstand operator. Davis did not begin painting regularly until he was in his forties and never trained in art. As described in the introduction to the one-man exhibition Vestie Davis’s New York at the American Folk Art Museum (October 20, 2009–November 7, 2010): "The New York of Vestie Davis is a bright, sparkling place with impressive and diverse landmark buildings, bridges, parks, and beaches. It is a hub of civic, financial, and recreational activity chronicled in meticulously detailed pictures from the 1950s through the 1970s. Davis predicted that some of his favorite sites would not survive the evolving needs of the city, and he faithfully rendered them with this in mind." Davis drew, but worked predominantly in oil on canvas. He studied each location he chose to paint, and, using photographs for reference, spent hours drawing on canvas and then painting flattened forms of unmediated color in a shallow picture plane. He said, “You’ve got to make a song of a painting, you’ve got to give it a sweet melody,†and, indeed, Davis’s New York is a merry place. In 1950, Davis participated in the Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit. Morris Weisenthal, owner of the Morris Gallery, saw the paintings and decided to represent Davis. Davis's works are in many important collections, including those of the American Folk Art Museum, New York
the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC
and the Milwaukee Art Museum. One of his Coney Island paintings was used as the cover for the September 6, 1958, issue of The New Yorker magazine.
Condition
Multiple losses to paint, could use a cleaning. Condition reports (given as opinion and not as guaranteed statements of fact) are added online throughout the auction process. The absence of a condition report does not imply that there are no condition issues with the lot. Please call (609) 397-9374 or e-mail info@ragoarts.com with any questions about this lot at least 24 hours prior to auction.
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VESTIE DAVIS (American, 1903-1978)

Estimate $1,500 - $2,500
Dec 01, 2018
Starting Price $750
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1118: VESTIE DAVIS (American, 1903-1978)

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Lot 1118 Details

Description
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Untitled (Steeplechase Swimming Pool, Coney Island, NY), 1959
Oil on canvas (framed)
Signed and dated
12" x 16"

Vestie Davis was born in Baltimore, moved to New York City in 1928, and never left. He worked many jobs, among them train conductor, circus barker and ticket taker, undertaker, church organist, and subway newsstand operator. Davis did not begin painting regularly until he was in his forties and never trained in art. As described in the introduction to the one-man exhibition Vestie Davis’s New York at the American Folk Art Museum (October 20, 2009–November 7, 2010): "The New York of Vestie Davis is a bright, sparkling place with impressive and diverse landmark buildings, bridges, parks, and beaches. It is a hub of civic, financial, and recreational activity chronicled in meticulously detailed pictures from the 1950s through the 1970s. Davis predicted that some of his favorite sites would not survive the evolving needs of the city, and he faithfully rendered them with this in mind." Davis drew, but worked predominantly in oil on canvas. He studied each location he chose to paint, and, using photographs for reference, spent hours drawing on canvas and then painting flattened forms of unmediated color in a shallow picture plane. He said, “You’ve got to make a song of a painting, you’ve got to give it a sweet melody,†and, indeed, Davis’s New York is a merry place. In 1950, Davis participated in the Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit. Morris Weisenthal, owner of the Morris Gallery, saw the paintings and decided to represent Davis. Davis's works are in many important collections, including those of the American Folk Art Museum, New York
the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC
and the Milwaukee Art Museum. One of his Coney Island paintings was used as the cover for the September 6, 1958, issue of The New Yorker magazine.
Condition
...
Multiple losses to paint, could use a cleaning. Condition reports (given as opinion and not as guaranteed statements of fact) are added online throughout the auction process. The absence of a condition report does not imply that there are no condition issues with the lot. Please call (609) 397-9374 or e-mail info@ragoarts.com with any questions about this lot at least 24 hours prior to auction.

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