Docks, gas pumps, buildings and boats are a source of information that provide the structure to abstract paintings by the artist. One page shows evidence of the artist thinking about the possible abstraction on location.


In 1942 Stuart Davis remarks in his notebook: “I can work from Nature, from old sketches and paintings of my own, from photographs, and from other works of art. In each case the process consists of transposition of the forms of the subject into a coherent, objective color-space continuum, which evokes a direct sensate response to structure.” – Stuart Davis.


Pencil. Pencil on tracing paper, mounted with tape on paper. Ink and traces of pencil on paper.


Artist: Stuart Davis.


Stuart Davis: Sketchbooks. Taplinger Publishing Company (March 1987)


New York 1926: Facsimile of a sketchbook. Estate of Stuart Davis (1991).

Stuart Davis 1
From Sketchbook 3, (Drawing for 'Landscape with Garage Lights'). 1931. © the Estate of Stuart Davis.
Stuart Davis 3
Sketchbook 16-12, (Drawing for 'Composite of Gloucester Docks'). 1933. © the Estate of Stuart Davis.
Stuart Davis 4
Title Sketchbook 15-16, (Drawing for 'Fortap'). 1933. © the Estate of Stuart Davis.