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    JESSIE DAVIS (American, 1887-1969)
    Brick Cleaners, circa 1930-1
    Oil on canvas
    26 x 22 inches (66.0 x 55.9 cm)
    Signed lower right: Jessie Davis
    Inscribed verso: Late 1920's (about 1930-31) / James McCord Sewell 3614 Hall St. Dallas / (Bro. in law) Clifford Joel Davis 4216 Travis St. / Cleaning brick for remodeling addition to 3614 Hall St. / Painted by Clifford's wife, Jessie Snow Davis

    PROVENANCE:
    Estate of the artist;
    By descent to the present owner.


    A student of Frank Reaugh, Martha Simkins, Frank Klepper, and the Art Students League, Jessie Davis exhibited in the Fort Worth and Dallas annuals and at the State Fair of Texas. She also exhibited in the "Greater Texas and Pan-American Exposition in 1937 and in the Texas Generals. Davis accompanied Reaugh on sketching trips to Big Bend in 1923 and to northern New Mexico in 1924.

    Very much like fellow Reaugh students Alexandre Hogue and Harry Carnohan, Davis transcended the Reaugh method in her mature work. Her earlier pastels such as View of Fort Worth, No. 375, clearly show the influence of the pastel master Reaugh. Her two views of Fort Davis were likely inspired by a 1923 trip with Reaugh, but she moves to a square format in both and thereby takes her own path away from Reaugh.

    In her Barn and Gate she stays rooted in a fairly representational style more akin to fellow Reaugh student and sometime teacher on the Reaugh expeditions, Reveau Bassett, but with Unfinished View of Dallas she severs ties with the Reaugh approach completely using a toned (brown) paper and abstract mark-making more analogous to the pastels of J. A. M. Whistler. In fact, one wonders if this pastel is, indeed, "unfinished." Although Davis did not exhibit in the San Antonio Competitive exhibitions, she may have entered paintings such as Cactus Flower, No. 346 for possible selection. Certainly following Dawson Dawson-Watson's success with paintings of prickly pear, many Texas artists sought to emulate his work.

    Articles by Van Wyck Brooks, John Dewey, and George Santayana in the magazine The Dial heavily influenced Texas Regionalists. Henry Nash Smith editor of the Southwest Review-published by Southern Methodist University--challenged artists to concentrate on their own environments in order to create "an art which is firmly enough rooted in its own earth to command attention from the world." In Brick Cleaners Davis does just that, portraying her father and uncle doing honest labor for wages at a building site in Dallas. Brick Cleaners is emblematic of the Regionalist aesthetic which sought to restore American values via just this type imagery and places Jessie Davis in the front ranks of Lone Star Regionalism.




    Condition Report*: Unlined canvas; canvas slightly loose on stretcher; faint stretcher crease along top edge; minor frame accretion along bottom edge; surface dirt visible in sky; spots of thinner paint layer in bricks at right and along furthest man's right arm and leg; two minor flecks of paint loss in nearest man's left leg; there does not appear to be inpainting under UV exam. Framed Dimensions 32 X 28 Inches
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