Provenance

Charles Allan Winter and Alice Beach Winter, Gloucester, Massachusetts

Estate of Alice Beach Winter, 1968

Roger Curtis, Gloucester, Massachusetts

Dr. and Mrs. Bernard Cohen, Gloucester, Massachusetts

Private Collection, 1996

 

Literature

Ani Boyajian and Mark Rutkoski, Stuart Davis: a Catalogue Raisonne, New Haven, Yale University, 2007, Vol. 3, p. 31, color illustration no. 1367

Kelly M. Suredam, John Sloan and Stuart Davis in Gloucester, 1915 – 1918,

Master’s Thesis, Kent State University, Ohio, pp. vi, 49-50, 81, 139, illustration no. 55

 

Like many of his colleagues and later painters, Davis was drawn to the picturesque village of Gloucester by the sea in Massachusetts, a place to which he was to return frequently over the next twenty years.  Evident in this painting are the influences of the avant garde artists featured in the landmark 1913 Armory Show in New York, where French impressionism and post-impressionism were introduced to a wider American audience. Various styles come together in Landscape with House, Gloucester – layered patches of color reminiscent of Cezanne and the loaded brush strokes associated with Van Gogh. These shapes and colors would evolve into the abstract combinations of Davis’s later cubist-inspired paintings.

It is interesting that this painting first belonged to Charles and Alice Winter, fellow artists living during the summer of 1915 in the same red cottage as Stuart Davis. Of the number of works by Davis that they acquired this was the one that they treasured the most and kept for the remainder of their lives. Davis and the Winters were part of a group of artists known as the “Red House

Stuart Davis (1892-1964)
Landscape with House, Gloucester, 1915

Oil on canvas
20 x 24 in., 51 x 61 cm