Stuart Davis was an early American modernist painter. He was well known for his Jazz influenced, proto-Pop art paintings of the 1940s and 1950s; bold, brash, and colorful.
He was born in Philadelphia to two parents who both worked in the arts. His father was the art editor of the Philadelphia Press while his mother was a sculptor. Davis studied painting in school and was one of the youngest painters to exhibit in the controversial Armory Show of 1913. At this exhibition his art was exposed to the work of such artists as Vincent van Gogh and Pablo Picasso.