Study for "Goat"

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

Date: ca. 1934

Medium: Watercolor, gouache, and graphite on paperboard

Dimensions: 4 x 6 in. (10.2 x 15.2 cm)

Classification: Drawings

Credit Line: Alfred Stieglitz Collection, 1949

Accession Number: 49.70.75

Rights and Reproduction: © The estate of Arthur G. Dove


This watercolor is a study for Dove's oil painting of the same title (49.70.37). Dove typically worked out his compositional arrangements and color schemes in this medium, on a small scale, then transferred the image to a larger canvas by means of a projector-like "magic lantern" or a copying tool called a pantograph. A comparison with the Goat painting demonstrates the artist's adherence to his original conception of the work, with only minimal alterations to its shapes and tones.