Throughout his lengthy career as one of the preeminent American Modernists, Stuart Davis looked to the sights and sounds of the United States for his subject matter. In this vibrant painting, Davis explored the American invention of ready-to-wear clothing, a term first employed in an 1895 Montgomery Ward catalog. The broad, flattened areas of red, white, black, and blue may represent leftover pieces of fabric, while the angular white shape in the upper-right corner suggests a pair of scissors. With its bright palette and energetic composition, the painting celebrates not only the vitality of the ready-to-wear clothing industry but also America itself.


  • Title: Ready-to-Wear
  • Creator: Stuart Davis (American, 1892-1964)
  • Date Created: 1955
  • Physical Dimensions: 142.6 × 106.7 cm (56 1/8 × 42 in.)
  • Type: Painting
  • External Link: The Art Institute of Chicago
  • Media: Oil on canvas
  • Credit Line: The Art Institute of Chicago, restricted gift of Mr. and Mrs. Sigmund W. Kunstadter; Goodman Endowment, 1956.137
  • Artist: Stuart Davis (American, 1892-1964)

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