American, 1892–1964. Modernist Painter, Stuart Davis, took inspiration from American popular culture to create his bold-colored abstract paintings. Even though his work was predominated by striking colors and geometric forms, in the initial days of his career, he was influenced by a more realistic style of painting. It was only later that he adopted Post Impressionism and Cubism, where he translated his experiences into graphic compositions. Being politically inclined, he used his paintings as a medium to express his criticism during the period of the Great Depression.