In Blue Café Davis painted a frame around the image and suspended the forms against a background of solid pink, emphasizing the two-dimensional picture plane. The space of the composition is compressed within the painted frame and the buildings reduced to simple geometric blocks. He transformed the curls of smoke rising from the chimney into taut squiggles. In the sky a schematic musical staff, on which is placed a figure—either the number 8 or a bass clef—hovers in the upper part of the composition. It suggests sound, perhaps that of a Parisian street or café music, which Davis greatly enjoyed during his residence in the French capital. Hovering in the sky, the motif emphasizes the flat surface of the canvas as if to counteract the curve of street, which implies spatial depth. In contrast to the cool objectivity of the Egg Beater series of the previous two years, the Paris works retain the identity and buoyant atmosphere of their subject, revealing Davis’s love for that city.
This work is for sale, framed. More info. 50% of its proceeds go to CARA animal welfare project/s. This is going to be at CARA Pet Project, Whitespace, Pasong Tamo Extension, Makati, this Saturday, Nov 17, 2-11PM. Over 100+ artworks for sale. :)