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Portrait of Ralph Dusenberry

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

Oil, folding wooden rulers, wood, and cut-and-pasted printed paper on canvas
22 x 18 in. (55.9 x 45.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Alfred Stieglitz Collection, 1949
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  • Description

    Dusenberry was a neighbor of Dove's who lived in a houseboat on the North Shore of Long Island. The objects in this abstract portrait were selected for their associations with his personality and interests. The pieces of weathered wood, for example, refer to the docks, shingled cabins, and shipbuilding materials of the marine environment. The sheet music pasted at the bottom is a hymn that Dusenberry often sang, and the folding rulers that frame the work are attributes of his profession as architect.

  • Exhibition History

    Andover, Addison Gallery of American Art, April 24-July 14, 1998,¦Arthur Dove: A Retrospective Exhibition¦, MIT Press, Pg. 67, Fig. 34, Illus. in color.

    New York: Andrew Crispo Gallery, November 17 - December 30, 1977. ¦Twelve Americans: Masters of Collage¦. Color plate no. 87.

    San Francisco, California: San Francisco Museum of Art, November 21, 1974 - January 5, 1975. Buffalo, New York: Albright-Knox Art Gallery, January 27 - March 2, 1975. St. Louis, Missouri: The St. Louis Art Museum, April 3 - May 25, 1975. Chicago, Illinois: The Art Institute of Chicago, July 12 - August 31,1975. Des Moines, Iowa: Des Moines Art Center, September 22 - November 2, 1975. New York: Whitney Museum of American Art, November 24, 1975 - January 18, 1976. ¦Arthur Dove¦. P. 65 (illus. in color).

    New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, February 10 - April 16, 1973. ¦Paul Strand and His Contemporaries¦. [No catalogue]

    College Park, Maryland: University of Maryland Art Gallery, J. Millard Tawes Fine Arts Center, March 13 - April 19, 1967. ¦Arthur Dove: The Years of Collage¦. P. 14 (disc.), p. 48, no. 3 (listed).

    New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1965. ¦Three Centuries of American Painting¦.

    Chicago, Illinois: Art Institute of Chicago, February 2 - 29, 1948. ¦Alfred Stieglitz- His Photographs and His Collection¦. Checklist no. 13.

    New York: Museum of Modern Art, June 10 - August 31, 1947. ¦Alfred Stieglitz Exhibition: His Collection¦. Checklist no. 25.

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Philadelphia Museum of Art, September - October 22, 1944. ¦History of an American "291" and After¦. P. 34, no. 253.

    New York: An American Place, April 10 - May 17,1939. ¦Arthur G. Dove, Exhibition of Oils and Temperas¦. No. 6.

    Washington, D.C.: Phillips Memorial Gallery, March 23 - Apri 18,1937.¦Retrospective Exhibition of Works in Various Media by Arthur G. Dove¦. No. 1.

  • References

    Wright, Frederick S. Arthur G. Dove. Exh. Cat. Berkley: 1958, p. 51 (disc.), p. 52 (illus.).

    Metropolitan Museum of Art. American Painting in the Twentieth Century. Henry Geldzahler. 1965, p. 55 (ill., discussed), p. 213 (short biography), p. 228 (bibliography).

    Nora B. Beeson. Guide to The Metropolitan Museum of Art. MMA. NY, 1972, p. 279.

    Schwartz, Sanford. "On Arthur Dove" in Artforum. February, 1976, p. 33 (illus. in color).

    Morgan, Ann Lee. Arthur Dove: Life and Work with a Catalogue Raisonne. Newark: University of Deleware Press, London and Toronto: Associated University PRess, 1984. C.R. # 24.7.

    George H. Roeder, Jr. ""What Have Modernists Looked Art? Experiential Roots of Twentieth-Century American Painting," in American Quarterly, vol. 39, no. 1, Special Issue: Modernist Culture in America, Johns Hopkins University Press, Spring 1987, illustrated with caption p. 76