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Property from the Collection of Eliot and Wilson "Roly" Nolen

Stuart Davis

New York – Paris No. 3

Auction Closed

May 16, 12:52 AM GMT


4,000,000 - 6,000,000 USD

Lot Details


Property from the Collection of Eliot and Wilson "Roly" Nolen

Stuart Davis

1892 – 1964

New York Paris No. 3

signed Stuart Davis (lower right); signed again, dated March 1931 and titled N.Y.-Paris, No. 3 (on the stretcher)

oil on canvas

39 ⅛ by 52 ⅜ in. 

99.1 by 132.1 cm.

Executed in March 1931.

The Downtown Gallery, New York (acquired directly from the artist in 1931)

Dr. and Mrs. Michael Watter, Philadelphia

Sotheby Parke-Bernet, New York, 19 October 1967, lot 25 (consigned by the above)

Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm G. Chace Jr., Providence (acquired at the above sale)

Eliot C. Nolen, New York (acquired as a gift from the above circa 1975)

Thence by descent to the present owner

Stuart Davis, Stuart Davis, American Artists Group Monographs, no. 6, New York, 1945, n.p., illustrated (dated 1930)

“Art Classes, 1946-1947,” New School Bulletin, vol. IV, 9 September 1946, n.p., illustrated

“Masterpieces from Philadelphia Private Collections,” Philadelphia Museum of Art Bulletin, vol. 45, no. 255, Spring 1950, no. 19, p. 94, illustrated

Eugene C. Goossen, Stuart Davis, New York, 1959, no. 34, n.p., illustrated

Rudi Blesh, Stuart Davis, New York, 1960, no. 29, p. 54, illustrated

Exh. Cat., Washington D.C., Smithsonian Institution, National Collection of Fine Arts; Art Institute of Chicago; New York, The Whitney Museum of American Art and University of California at Los Angeles, The Art Galleries; Stuart Davis Memorial Exhibition 1894-1964, 1965, p. 17

Exh. Cat., Brooklyn Museum and Cambridge, Fogg Art Museum, Stuart Davis: Art and Art Theory, 1978, pp. 20-21, illustrated

Exh. Cat., Atlanta, High Museum of Art, Drawings from Georgia Collections: 19th & 20th Centuries, 1981, p. 158

Exh. Cat., Fort Worth, Amon Carter Museum, Stuart Davis: Graphic Work Related Paintings with a Catalogue Raisonné of the Prints, 1986, fig. 4b, pp. 8 and 33, illustrated

Karen Wilkin, Stuart Davis, New York, 1987, no. 138, pp. 131 and 133-34, illustrated

Donald D. Keyes, "Stuart Davis: Snow on the Hills," Bulletin: Georgia Museum of Art, the University of Georgia, vol. XII, no. 2, Winter 1987, fig. 5, pp. 5 and 8, illustrated

Elizabeth Hutton Turner, American Artists In Paris, 1919-1929, Ann Arbor, 1988, pp. 169 and 202

Bonnie L. Grad, "Stuart Davis and Contemporary Culture," Artibus et Historiae, vol. XII, 1991, pp. 172 and 176

Exh. Cat., New York, The Pierpont Morgan Library, Stuart Davis: Art and Theory, 1920-31, 2002, p. 24

Ani Boyajian and Mark Rutkoski, Stuart Davis: A Catalogue Raisonné, vol. III, New Haven, 2007, no. 1565, pp. 234-35, illustrated in color

New York, The Downtown Gallery, Stuart Davis: Recent Painting in Oil and Watercolor, 1931, no. 3

Chicago, American Artists Congress Exhibition, 1937

Boston, The Institute of Modern Art, Four Modern American Painters: Peter Blume, Stuart Davis, Marsden Hartley, Jacob Lawrence, 1945, no. 16 (titled New York and Paris, Number 3)

New York, New School for Social Research, Art Faculty Christmas Exhibition, 1945 

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Masterpieces from Philadelphia Private Collections: Part II, Diamond Jubilee, 1950-1951, 1950, no. 19, pp. 94-95, illustrated

The Philadelphia Art Alliance, Watter Collection of Contemporary American Paintings, 1952-53

The Dallas Museum for Contemporary Arts, Abstract by Choice, 1957 (dated 1930)

Philadelphia Museum of Art, American Art from the Sonia and Michael Watter Collection, 1958

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Twentieth Century American Painting and Sculpture from Philadelphia Private Collections, 1958, no. 257

Northampton, Massachusetts, Smith College Museum of Art, One Hundred: An Exhibition to Celebrate the Centennial Year of Smith College, 1975, no. 16, pp. 37 and 76, illustrated

Museum of the City of New York, Stuart Davis’ New York, 1985-86, no. 24, pp. 11, 13-14, and 53, illustrated

New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Stuart Davis American Painter, 1991-92, nо. 91, pp. 59, 206-07, illustrated in color

Art Institute of Chicago; Paris, Musée de l’Orangerie and London, Royal Academy of Arts, America after the Fall: Painting in the 1930s, 2016-17, no. 11, fig. 2, pp. 59-61 and 185, illustrated in color