"My picture looks like the Place des Vosges, but it looks only like certain color-shape relations which are in herently there. These color-shape relations are beautiful, independent of the objects they are associated with, therefore they are abstract - but since they are always associated with some sort of objects, they are concrete and unique in each case." "A picture is an independent object with a reality of its own."
I have found some great resources that go beyond the lesson plan for Stuart Davis. I'm not sure why they felt it necessary to include the part of how his wife died when we are presenting this to 3rd - 5th graders.
I've also included a great article on him from the Smithsonian written in 1991.
Download Stuart Davis-Smithsonian-12-91.pdf (552.6K)
Here are some of the images used in these PDF lessons.
Slide 25: Jazz Musicians
Slide #27: Untitled - Urban Poor Shnatytown - photy by Roy DeCarava. Mr DeCarava's work could be another lesson on its own. Explore this photographer and his history. I couldn not find the exact photo, but this is another of his during the same period.
Slide #24: Advertising Billboard - this was taken in Atlanta, GA
Slide #1: Stuart Davis Lucky Strike 1924 Oil on Posterboard, 18 x 24"
Here is another site with some great pieces by Stuart Davis.