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Lot #5119
Miles Davis Signed Original Artwork - 'Dancers'

'Dancers' by Miles Davis—a vivid piece of original art by jazz's 'Prince of Darkness'

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'Dancers' by Miles Davis—a vivid piece of original art by jazz's 'Prince of Darkness'

Marvelous original mixed media artwork accomplished by Miles Davis on high-quality white 12.75 x 18.5 Fabriano artist's paper, signed in the lower left, "Miles!" The vivid, vibrant drawing shows dancers during a concert, with silhouetted figures in the foreground. Handsomely mounted, matted, and framed to an overall size of 25 x 31. In fine condition. Accompanied by a full letter of authenticity from JSA, and a provenance certificate from Bag One Arts, Inc., as well as the book Improvisations: The Drawings of Miles Davis, edited by Oz Karras, in which this drawing is illustrated (p. 15).

In Lynne Clifford's tribute to Davis, she writes: 'Energy, kinetic and frenetic, flowed not only from his horn, but from his pen and brush. After the high of a live performance, in the intervals between gigs, on a bus or a plane, Miles filled every free moment he had creating a different form of movement, his drawings. Never without a sketch pad, Miles would put pen to paper and capture the essence of a subject with a simplicity of line and a sharpness of focus that left no doubt as to what the subject matter was. In many, many cases it was the female form, in all its glory. Miles had an uncanny knack of steeping his women in an aura of sexuality, lithe, catlike movement and grace. Dancers were a favorite study.'

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Marvels of Modern Music
  • Dates: #693 - Ended May 23, 2024

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