image, 12 x 18in (30.5 x 45.7cm)
Gift of the Friends of the McNay
By the 1930s, Stuart Davis had returned from Paris with a deeper understanding of Cubism and was able to use some of its more challenging concepts in his work. Sixth Avenue El, the artist's lithographic masterpiece and one of the most important American prints of the twentieth century, combines the fractured perspective of Cubism with an incredible sense of movement. Diagonal lines and even an arrow make our eyes dart around the image, giving a real sense of looking out the window of an elevated train as it speeds through Manhattan.
© Estate of Stuart Davis/Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Modern Art at the McNay: A Brief History and Pictorial Survey of the Collection; William J. Chiego; 2001; p. 163
From Goya to Johns: Fifty Master Prints from the McNay Art Museum; Lyle W. Williams, Richard Hemphill, William J. Chiego; 2004; p. 34
Stuart Davis: Graphic Work and Related Paintings with a Catalogue Raisonné of the Prints; Sylvan Cole (b.1918, d.2005), Jane Myers, Diane Kelder; 1986; 15
Stuart Davis (American, b.1892, d.1964)