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Arthur Garfield Dove, ‘Cows and Stumps’, 1938, Skinner
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Cows and Stumps, 1938

Watercolor on paper
3 1/2 × 5 1/2 in
8.9 × 14 cm
Bidding closed
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Provenance
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Skinner

3.5 x 5.5 in. (8.9 x 14.0 cm),
framed.

Condition: Affixed to mat at upper corners on the verso, …

3.5 x 5.5 in. (8.9 x 14.0 cm),
framed.

Condition: Affixed to mat at upper corners on the verso, adhesive residue to the verso, pale toning or adhesive residue to upper edge.
— The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or …

Medium
Drawing, Collage or other Work on Paper
Signature
Signed "Dove" l.c., titled and dated ".../1938" on labels from Alfred Stieglitz, The Downtown Gallery, New York, and Terry Dintenfass, …
Arthur Garfield Dove
American, 1880–1946
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Considered by some to be the first truly abstract American painter, Arthur Dove made paintings consisting of organic forms simplified to large swaths of muted color. Part of Alfred Stieglitz’s early 1900s avant-garde artistic circle, Dove held his first exhibition in 1910, showing “The Ten Commandments” series in which he represented biblical themes through abstract, undulating forms. The amorphous nature of these paintings exemplifies Dove’s belief that abstraction was not a departure from reality, but rather a means of representing the essence of the natural world beyond its obvious physical forms. Taking on the decorative strategies of James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Dove pursued an inductive, quasi-scientific method to render the hidden features of the organic, from the cellular level on up, and the inherent intervals, repetition, and rhythmic proportions found in the natural world.

Arthur Garfield Dove, ‘Cows and Stumps’, 1938, Skinner
Arthur Garfield Dove, ‘Cows and Stumps’, 1938, Skinner
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About the work
Provenance
S
Skinner

3.5 x 5.5 in. (8.9 x 14.0 cm),
framed.

Condition: Affixed to mat at upper corners on the verso, …

3.5 x 5.5 in. (8.9 x 14.0 cm),
framed.

Condition: Affixed to mat at upper corners on the verso, adhesive residue to the verso, pale toning or adhesive residue to upper edge.
— The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or …

Medium
Drawing, Collage or other Work on Paper
Signature
Signed "Dove" l.c., titled and dated ".../1938" on labels from Alfred Stieglitz, The Downtown Gallery, New York, and Terry Dintenfass, …
Arthur Garfield Dove
American, 1880–1946
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Considered by some to be the first truly abstract American painter, Arthur Dove made paintings consisting of organic forms simplified to large swaths of muted color. Part of Alfred Stieglitz’s early 1900s avant-garde artistic circle, Dove held his first exhibition in 1910, showing “The Ten Commandments” series in which he represented biblical themes through abstract, undulating forms. The amorphous nature of these paintings exemplifies Dove’s belief that abstraction was not a departure from reality, but rather a means of representing the essence of the natural world beyond its obvious physical forms. Taking on the decorative strategies of James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Dove pursued an inductive, quasi-scientific method to render the hidden features of the organic, from the cellular level on up, and the inherent intervals, repetition, and rhythmic proportions found in the natural world.

Cows and Stumps, 1938

Watercolor on paper
3 1/2 × 5 1/2 in
8.9 × 14 cm
Bidding closed
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