FINE ART INVESTMENTS SINCE 1978
Title: "Royal Curtain"
Medium: Original Screenprint
Limited edition: XXX/250
Sheet size: 30" x 21.5"
Image size: 27.25" x 17"
Gene Davis (August 22, 1920 - April 6, 1985) was an American abstract painter. Best known for his use of multicolored vertical
stripes throughout his body of work, Davis was a major contributor in the Color Field and Post-Painterly Abstraction
movements, and prominent figure of the Washington Color School. Born on August 22, 1920 in Washington, D.C., he initially
pursued a career as a sportswriter and turned to art in 1949. His early paintings were formally inclined towards musical
abstraction, creating a sense of rhythm through visual alliteration inspired in part by the work of Paul Klee. After gaining
popularity and critical attention during the 1960s, Davis began experimenting with scale and made public installations
throughout the 1970s, including the 1972 Franklin's Footpath, monumental stripes painted on the street in front of the
Philadelphia Museum of Art. Simultaneously, he produced minuscule "micro-paintings," often no larger than half an inch in
either direction. A lifelong Washington, D.C. resident, Davis died in his hometown on April 6, 1985, and his work is included
among the collections of important institutions such as the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and the Guggenheim Museum
in New York.