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Something on the eight ball

Stuart Davis was interested in all the things he could see around him in the city – the lights, shop signs, colours and shapes. He combined them together to create paintings full of energy and rhythm.

  • Describe what shapes you can see. Notice how they overlap each other. What letters can you recognise? Which parts of the painting ‘jump out’ at you? Why?
  • Davis was also inspired by jazz and swing music. Imagine what music would suit this painting. Would it be slow or fast?

Stuart Davis Something on the eight ball 1953–54, Philadelphia Museum of Art, purchased with the Adele Haas Turner and Beatrice Pastorius Turner Memorial Fund 1954 © Stuart Davis. VAGA, Licensed by Viscopy