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Arthur B. Davies
North Country Idyll
c. 1905 - 1915
oil on canvas
Canvas: 26 1/8 × 39 7/8 inches (66.4 × 101.3 cm)Framed: 31 5/8 × 45 1/2 × 1 1/8 inches (80.3 × 115.6 × 2.9 cm)
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Gift of an anonymous donor.
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In New York’s early-20th-century American art world, Arthur B. Davies was an influential figure, distinguished by his originality and imagination. Davies’s enigmatic visionary landscapes are executed in soft, muted hues in a naïve but classical manner.

The dreamlike allegories and idyllic themes he depicted evoke a variety of traditional historical sources and bear an affinity to works of visionary painters such as Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, Odilon Redon, and other French symbolists, as well as the Americans Albert Pinkham Ryder, Ralph Blakelock, and Elihu Vedder. Davies studied extensively in prestigious art schools in both Chicago and New York. He served as president of the Association of American Painters and Sculptors, the organization responsible for the famed 1913 Armory Show, in which Davies was the guiding force.