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Stuart Davis
1892 - 1964
signed Stuart Davis (lower left) and signed again lower right beneath the mat; also signed, titled, dated and inscribed Gouache – Final Color Sketch for Mural, ‘Alée’ – 1955/Drake U. – Main Dining Hall/Des Moines, Iowa/ by Stuart Davis on backing affixed to the reverse
gouache on photostat
image: 8 3/8 by 34 7/8 inches (21.3 by 88.6 cm)
sheet: 11 1/4 by 37 1/2 inches (28.6 by 95.3 cm)
Executed in 1955. 
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Downtown Gallery, New York
Mr. Allen Sirotto, 1958
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur R. Freeman, New York, by 1971 (sold: Sotheby's, New York, December 4, 1986, lot 298, illustrated)
Hirschl & Adler Galleries, New York (acquired at the above sale)
Private collection, Washington D.C., 1987 (acquired from the above; sold: Christie's, New York, November 29, 2007, lot 126, illustrated)
Acquired by the present owner at the above sale


Minneapolis, Minnesota, Walker Art Center; Des Moines, Iowa, Des Moines Art Center; San Francisco, California, San Francisco Museum of Art; New York, Whitney Museum of American Art, Stuart Davis, March-November 1957, no. 42
Sarasota, Florida, Sarasota Art Association, American Art from The Downtown Gallery, April-May 1958, no. 1


The Artist's Calendar, January 1-3, 1955
The Artist's Account Book III, no. 125, pp. 264-65
Ani Boyajian and Mark Rutkoski, Stuart Davis: A Catalogue Raisonné, New Haven, Connecticut, 2007, vol. II, no. 1292, p. 683

Catalogue Note

The present work is the third in a series of four gouache on paper studies that Stuart Davis made for his large oil mural Allée, which was commissioned for the Hubbell Dining Hall at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. According to Ani Boyajian, "Although completed third in the series, Davis must have assiged '#1' in this work's title to reflect the fact that this was the first of the color scale studies on photostat that arrived at the colors and composition used in the final mural. It was also the only one of the gouache on photostat to have been consigned to the Downtown Gallery" (Stuart Davis: A Catalogue Raisonné, New Haven, Connecticut, 2007, vol. II, p. 683). 

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