Pad No. 4
Pad No. 4 is one of a series of four related pictures that Stuart Davis made while working on The Mellow Pad, a painting in the Brooklyn Museum’s collection. In all of these works, the word pad appears—here, sideways in green at the upper left (and a 4 is in white at the lower right).
This title reveals the artist’s fondness for wordplay: pad refers both to an artist’s sketchbook and to the jazz slang term for “home.” A lifelong aficionado of jazz, Davis regularly drew analogies between the visual patterns of his pictures and the syncopated rhythms of this modern form of American music.
Oil on canvas
14 × 18 in. (35.6 × 45.7 cm)
frame: 21 1/4 × 25 1/4 × 1 1/4 in. (54 × 64.1 × 3.2 cm) (show scale)
Signed lower center: "Stuart Davis"
Bequest of Edith and Milton Lowenthal
This item is not on view
Stuart Davis (American, 1892-1964). Pad No. 4, 1947. Oil on canvas, 14 × 18 in. (35.6 × 45.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of Edith and Milton Lowenthal, 1992.11.5 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1992.11.5_SL1.jpg)
overall, 1992.11.5_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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