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Jo Davidson · Education & Community

Education and Training
Art Scholarship at age, Arts Student League, New York, New York, 1899
Yale School of Fine Arts (transferred from the Yale School of Medicine
Studio assistant to Hermon MacNeil, 1901-1904
Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 1907
Teachers and Influences
The art of the middle ages, notably the metal worker Cellini
Connection to Bucks County
Jo Davidson had a farm in Lahaska on Stoney Hill Road from 1940 to 1948. One of his friends was Harry Rosin, who wrote as a tribute to him after his death: "Jo lived here near New Hope for about seven or eight years -leaving for Paris three years ago. He adored Bucks County and always asked for everyone when I'd see him, or if he wrote me. When he and his wife, Florence, came to town to shop-it was like a beautiful spring day for all the people they talked to. Everyone who knew him will feel what my little daughter said when she heard the news over the radio,"I'm so sorry, Dad.'" His figure of Walt Whitman was exhibited in the Third Sculptural International Exhibition sponsored by Fairmount Park Art Commission in Philadelphia in 1949. It stands near the approach to the Walt Whitman Bridge.
Colleagues and Affiliations
His second wife, Gertrude Florence Lucius, was a painter and a sculptor. Davidson was acquainted with Harry Rosin, and he and his wife visited often with architects and designers, Antonin and Noemi Raymond.

Image: Jo Davidson's Bucks County Home,courtesy of the Spruance Collection of the Bucks County Historical Society


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