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Jazz Jazz has been an influence in many artists work from painting to other forms of music Jazz is an American music form that was developed from African-American work songs The white man began to imitate them in the 1920s and the music form caught on and became very popular Two artists that were influenced by jazz were Jean-Michel Basquiat and Stuart Davis The influence is quite evident in many of their works such as Horn Players by Basquiat and Swing Landscape by Davis Stuart Davis was born in Philadelphia in 1894 He grew up in an artistic environment his father was art director of a Philadelphia newspaper who had employed Luks Glackens and other members of the Eight He studied with Robert Henri from 1910 to 1913 made covers and drawings for the social realist periodical The Masses which was associated with the Ash-can School and exhibited watercolors in the Armory Show which made an overwhelming impact on him After a visit to Paris in 1928 he introduced a new note into US cubism basing himself on its synthetic rather than its analytical phase Using natural forms particularly forms suggesting the characteristic environment of American life he rearranged them into flat poster-like patterns with precise outlines and sharply contrasting colors He later went on to pure abstract patterns into which he often introduced lettering suggestions of advertisements and posters The zest and dynamism of such works as Swing Landscape reflect his interest in jazz which Davis considered to be the counterpart to abstract art Davis is often considered to be the outstanding American artist to work in a cubism idiom He made witty and original use of it and created a distinctive American style for however abstract his works became he always claimed that every image he used had its source in observed reality Davis once said I paint what I see in America in other words I paint
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