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Woman Bewitched by the Moon No. 2 [Opus 0.175]
© The Estate of Alan Davie

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Woman Bewitched by the Moon No. 2 [Opus 0.175] Dated 1956

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
1956 was a pivotal year for both Davie’s career and the development of his work. He began to gain widespread critical acclaim and travelled to New York for his first solo exhibition in America. While there he met Jackson Pollock and other influential Abstract Expressionists. Following a practice developed in his brush drawings of the early 1950s, Davie began making paintings in series, notably ‘Image of the Fish God’ and ‘Woman Bewitched by the Moon’. This work, No.2 from a series of five, shows the influence of Abstract Expressionism in the bold, physical brush strokes suggesting an anthropomorphic central figure. However, Davie recalls that "the figurative reference was not done consciously, it just came out that way".

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Abstract Expressionism

Term applied to a loose grouping of New York-based artists in the mid-20th century including Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning and Mark Rothko. Internal feelings were expressed by the physical action of producing the art works.

Abstract Expressionism


  • Acc. No. GMA 3309
  • Medium Oil on masonite
  • Size 152.80 x 122.00 cm
  • Credit Purchased (Knapping Fund) 1987