Larry Day (1921 - 1998) was born in Philadelphia and served in the U. S. Army before studying at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art. In 1948, an exhibition of work by Henri Matisse at the Philadelphia Museum of Art inspired his interest in flat colors and simple forms. He lived in Paris in 1952 and upon his return began teaching at the Philadelphia College of Art. An abstract painter in the 1950s, Day returned to representational painting around 1962 and thereafter painted figurative groups and allegorical compositions. Day was a close friend of Doris Staffel and wrote about her work several times. His 1973 essay on her paintings, drawings, and watercolors is reprinted in the exhibition catalogue.