Abstracted Jazz

The Mellow Pad by Stuart Davis, 1945-51, The Brooklyn Museum

American artist Stuart Davis believed that abstract painting could impart more of the meaning of the work than a straight figurative interpretation. This work is about American jazz and giving a viewer a sense of the relaxed "coolness" inherent in its form. The name "Mellow Pad" refers to slag used by the musicians for a low-key place to hang out.