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Tree Forms and Water
(American, Canandaigua, New York 1880–1946 Huntington, New York )
Pastel on plywood
30 x 26 1/8 in. (76.2 x 66.4 cm)
Alfred Stieglitz Collection, 1949
Not on view
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.
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