Storm Clouds

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

Date: 1935

Medium: Wax emulsion on canvas in artist-made frame

Dimensions: 15 x 21 1/8 in. (38.1 x 53.7 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: The Muriel Kallis Steinberg Newman Collection, Gift of Muriel Kallis Newman, 2006

Accession Number: 2006.32.14

Rights and Reproduction: © The estate of Arthur G. Dove


As the title suggests, Storm Clouds is a landscape scene, but it has been dramatically abstracted into a series of arched and rolling bands of color, surrounding a large "eye"-like shape in the center of the proverbial "storm." His colors are the muted shades of earth and overcast sky, and the frame (which Dove himself made and painted) echoes and enhances the grays of the composition in its silvery, metallic sheen. This painting illustrates Dove's characteristic affinity for nature and his ability to create pictorial equivalents for the universal rhythms and the life force that he felt existed therein.