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A Measure of Dreams

Artist:
Arthur B. Davies (American, Utica, New York 1862–1928 Florence)
Date:
ca. 1908
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
18 x 30 in. (45.7 x 76.2 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Gift of George A. Hearn, 1909
Accession Number:
09.72.4
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 772
In 1908 the art critic James Gibbons Huneker described this picture as follows: “One woman of noble contour walks as in a dream through a delicious landscape. She has come from a dream and is crossing the bridge of transition; soon she shall be enveloped in the splendors and terrors of a new dream.” Inspired by his study of psychology and by Symbolist works such as those of Odilon Redon, Davies had a keen interest in dreams and believed that sleep could liberate the imagination. On waking, he sometimes recorded his own dreams in notes and sketches that he hung in his studio and later developed into paintings.
Signature: [at lower left]: A.B. Davies
with Macbeth Gallery, New York, 1909; George A. Hearn, New York, 1909
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