In the 1920s, Paris was the center of the art world. In 1928, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney purchased several of Stuart Davis’s paintings to support his trip there. For thirteen months Davis lived in the capital, painting the city’s streets. He would later characterize his time in Paris as the most seminal event in his life. 

Stuart Davis (1892–1964), Place Pasdeloup, 1928. Oil on canvas, 36 3/8 × 29 in. (92.4 × 73.7 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney 31.170. © Estate of Stuart Davis/Licensed by VAGA, New York

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