This landscape, lacking perspective and a horizon line, is so tightly cropped and simplified that it is nearly unrecognizable. Working on wood rather than paper or canvas, Dove rubbed his pastels deeply into the surface. The natural grain of the panel is thus still apparent and provides the outlines of the abstracted tree trunk and ripples of water—a serendipitous congruence of medium and subject.
the artist; Alfred Stieglitz, New York (probably 1928–d. 1946) and/or Georgia O'Keeffe, New York (probably 1928–June 1949; in exchange for return of "evolutionary" material by other artists, her gift as part of the Alfred Stieglitz Collection to MMA)
Philadelphia Museum of Art. "History of an American, Alfred Stieglitz: '291' and After, Selections from the Stieglitz Collection," July 1–November 1, 1944, no. 256.
Art Institute of Chicago. "Alfred Stieglitz: His Photographs and His Collection," February 2–29, 1948, extended to March 7, 1948, no catalogue (checklist no. S-148).
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "20th Century Painters: A Special Exhibition of Oils, Water Colors and Drawings Selected from the Collections of American Art in the Metropolitan Museum," June 16–October 29, 1950, unnum. brochure (p. 5).
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Arthur Dove/Helen Torr: Land and Water," February 14–June 14, 1998, no catalogue.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Stieglitz and His Artists: Matisse to O'Keeffe," October 13, 2011–January 2, 2012, no. 69.
Ann Lee Morgan. Arthur Dove: Life and Work, with a Catalogue Raisonné. Newark, Del., 1984, pp. 165-66, no. 28.14.
Doreen Bolger et al. American Pastels in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1989, pp. 116-17, 190, ill.
Mary Wayne Fritzsche inAmerican Pastels in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1989, pp. 116–17, ill. (color), and ill. p. 190.
Jessica Murphy inStieglitz and His Artists: Matisse to O'Keeffe. The Alfred Stieglitz Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Ed. Lisa Mintz Messinger. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2011, pp. 113, 259, no. 69, ill. (color).