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Arthur Dove (American, Canandaigua, New York 1880–1946 Huntington, New York )

Oil on canvas, with selective varnish
23 x 31 in. (58.4 x 78.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Alfred Stieglitz Collection, 1949
Accession Number:
  • Description

    Living on his family farm in Geneva, New York, from 1933 to 1938, Dove frequently drew and painted the local barnyard animals. The goat here is depicted not in naturalistic colors but in the tones of soil, foliage, water, and sky, making the animal seem part of the landscape itself. This painting was first exhibited in 1935, in the artist's annual exhibition of new work at Alfred Stieglitz's New York gallery.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Signature: Signed (lower center): DOVE

  • Exhibition History

    The Fine Arts Museum of the South, February 12 - March 28, 1993. ¦Modernism and American Painting of the 1930s¦. P. 9.

    San Francisco, California: San Francisco Museum of Art, November 21, 1974 - January 5,1975. Buffalo, New York: Albright-Knox Art Gallery, January 27-March 2,1975. St. Louis, Missouri: The St. Louis Art Museum, April 3 - May 25,1975. Chicago, Illinois: The Art Institute of Chicago, July 12 - August 31, 1975. Des Moines, Iowa: Des Moines Art Center, September 22 - November 2, 1975. New York, New York: Whitney Museum of American Art, November 24, 1975 - January 18, 1976.¦Arthur Dove¦. P. 96 (illus. in color).

    New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1965. ¦Three Centuries of American Painting¦. [checklist arranged alphabetically].

    New York: Whitney Museum of American Art, October 1 - November 16, 1958.

    New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1950. ¦20th Century Painters: A Special Exhibition of Oils, Watercolors and Drawings Selected from the Collections of American Art in The Metropolitan Museum¦. P. 5 (checklist entry).

    Los Angeles, California: Univesity of California Art Galleries, 1958. ¦Arthur G. Dove Retrospective Exhibition¦. No. 51 (listed), p. 46 (color Illus.).

    New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1950. ¦20th Century Painters, U.S.A.¦. listed.

    Chicago, Illinois: Art Institute of Chicago, February 2 - 29, 1948. ¦Alfred Stieglitz: His Photographs, His Collection¦. Checklist no. 89.

    New York: Museum of Modern Art, June 10 - August 31, 1947. ¦Alfred Stieglitz Exhibition: His Collection¦. Checklist no. 30.

    New York: An American Place, April 10 - May 17, 1939. ¦Arthur G. Dove, Exhibition of Oils and Temperas¦. No. 1.

  • References

    Hale, Robert Beverly. American Paintings 1754-1954 in Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, N.S., vol. XII, 1954 (Mar.), P. 190 (ill.).

    Metropolitan Museum of Art. American Paintings in the Twentieth Century, by Henry Geldzahler. 1965, p. 55 (ill., discussed), p. 213 (short biography of the artist), p. 228 (bibliography).

    Morgan, Ann Lee. Arthur Dove: Life and Work with a Catalogue Raisonne. Newark: University of Deleware Press, London and Toronto: Associated University Press, 1984. CR # 35.12.