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Swamp, 1935

Oil on canvas
14 × 20 in
35.6 × 50.8 cm
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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.

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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.

Swamp, 1935

Oil on canvas
14 × 20 in
35.6 × 50.8 cm
Contact For Price
location
New York
Have a question? Read our FAQ.
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