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Gene Davis
Date: American painter, 1920–1985
Biography: Gene Davis was a member of the Washington Color Painters, a group of artists based in Washington, DC, who responded to the myth and drama of Abstract Expressionism by producing hard-edged, abstract paintings exploring the interaction of color and geometric form. Davis' mature style is characterized by the use of narrow, vertical stripes of color and the resulting optical effects across the canvas. The artist began teaching at the Corcoran School of Art and in 1972, created Franklin's Footpath, a macro-painting of vertical, colorful stripes on the street in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.