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Figge hosts Two Americans in Paris exhibit

Grant Wood, Stuart Davis featured

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 11:00 a.m. CST

DAVENPORT, Iowa —Two Americans in Paris: Stuart Davis and Grant Wood will be the first exhibition to open in the newly named Katz Gallery on the second floor of the Figge Art Museum.

Two Americans in Paris will feature works by artists Grant Wood and Stuart Davis. Both studied in Paris during the 1920s and depicted scenes of American life in their work. Wood emerged as a leading spokesman for Regionalism, while Davis was a strong proponent of American modernism.

The exhibition will include paintings and works on paper that demonstrate the influence of European art on their careers. Selections from the Figge’s Grant Wood Archive as well as an assortment of Stuart Davis lithographs from a private collection will be on display.

Featured works include Wood’s Return from Bohemia (1935) and History of Penmanship (1933) and a suite of prints by Davis which reflect the influence of Fernand Leger, Henri Matisse and other prominent Parisian painters.

Curated by Figge Curator Dr. Rima Girnius and sponsored by Don and Connie Decker and Robert W. Baird, this exhibition will be on view through Nov. 2.

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