Arthur Bowen Davies (1862-1928 New York, NY).
Study of a reclining female nude with detail side drawing, pastel, chalk and charcoal. Estate stamped signature lower left: Arthur B. Davies, charcoal and crayon on board under glass. Art Deco Nouveau look.
Sight, 12.5” H x 17.5” W.
Note: Board size: 14” H x 19.5” W.
Frame, 19″ H X 24″ W.
Provenance: Private Collection, Los Angeles, CA.
Davies was born in Utica, New York. He was keenly interested in drawing when he was young and, at 15, attended a large touring exhibition in his hometown of American landscape art, featuring works by George Inness and members of the Hudson River School like John Sloan. The show had a profound effect on him. He was especially impressed by Inness’s tonalist landscapes. After his family relocated to Chicago, Davies studied at the Chicago Academy of Design from 1879 to 1882 and briefly attended the Art Institute of Chicago, before moving to New York City, where he studied at the Art Students League. He worked as a magazine illustrator before devoting himself to painting.