Dove spent much of his artistic career either living on a boat (in warm weather) or living near water (in winter). As in works by his friend Georgia O'Keeffe, the subject of this painting is seen close-up and enlarged, forcing the viewer to concentrate on the abstract qualities of a familiar object.
Inscription: Signed (lower left): Dove
[Terry Dintenfass, New York]; [Sid Deutsch Gallery, New York]; [Andrew Crispo, New York, until 1976; sold to Lobell]; Carl D. Lobell (1976–94; his gift to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Arthur Dove/Helen Torr: Land and Water," February 14–June 14, 1998, no catalogue.