Nude Female in an Interior
Arthur Brown Davies
Nude Female in an Interior, c.1900
Oil on Canvas
Permanent Collection 2013.02.01
Arthur Bowen Davies was an avant-garde American artist and influential advocate of modern art in the United States c. 1910–1928. Davies studied at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1878 and at the Art Students League in New York in 1887. Beginning around 1900, he rejected all methods he was taught in his schooling and focused on imaginary creature, allegorical nudes, and dream-like landscapes. Davies was a member of "The Eight," which was a group of painters that protested against the restrictive exhibition practices of the National Academy of Design.
Many critics described his work as a mixture of influences from Greek mythology to Renaissance paintings; suggesting that he was more immersed in that time period than his own, and his works reflect this. With the Ashcan School of painters, he was an organizer to the "1913 Armory Show" which introduced European moderism to Americans. He also participated in the creation of the MoMA in New York.