Although its shapes are difficult to identify, this late work by Dove suggests an aerial view of a landscape with trees and buildings. The title suggests that the view was taken either from or toward one of two inns near Dove's home at Centerport, Long Island. Throughout his career, Dove experimented with various materials to obtain a range of visual effects. Here, for example, he mixed oil paint and wax to produce a flat, matte finish that contrasts with the metallic shine of aluminum paint.
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Artist:Arthur Dove (American, Canandaigua, New York 1880–1946 Huntington, New York)
Medium:Wax emulsion and aluminum paint on canvas
Dimensions:24 × 27 in. (61 × 68.6 cm)
Credit Line:Edith and Milton Lowenthal Collection, Bequest of Edith Abrahamson Lowenthal, 1991
Inscription: Signed (lower center): Dove
the artist (1942–d. 1946; on consignment to An American Place, New York, 1942–46; his estate, 1946–47; sold through the Downtown Gallery, New York in November 1947 to Lowenthal); Edith and Milton Lowenthal, New York (1947–his d. 1987); Edith Lowenthal, New York (1987–d. 1991; her bequest to MMA)
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New York. Whitney Museum of American Art. "1944 Annual Exhibition of Contemporary American Painting," November 14–December 12, 1944, no. 28.
New York. Downtown Gallery. "Dove Retrospective Exhibition: Paintings, 1908 to 1946," January 7–25, extended to February 1, 1947, brochure no. 29.
New York. Downtown Gallery. "22nd Annual Exhibition," September 23–October 8, 1947, no. 5.
New York. Whitney Museum of American Art. "Edith and Milton Lowenthal Collection," October 1–November 2, 1952, no. 27.
Minneapolis. Walker Art Center. "Edith and Milton Lowenthal Collection," November 28, 1952–January 17, 1953, no. 27.
New York. Whitney Museum of American Art. "Arthur G. Dove," September 30–November 16, 1958, no. 88 (lent by Mr. and Mrs. Milton Lowenthal, New York).
Washington, D. C. Phillips Memorial Art Gallery. "Arthur G. Dove," November 30, 1958–January 5, 1959, no. 88.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. "Arthur G. Dove," January 25–February 28, 1959, no. 88.
San Antonio. Marion Koogler McNay Art Institute. "Arthur G. Dove," March 18–April 18, 1959, no. 88.
Art Galleries of the University of California, Los Angeles. "Arthur G. Dove," May 1–June 15, 1959, no. 88.
La Jolla Art Center. "Arthur G. Dove," June 20–July 30, 1959, no. 88.
San Francisco Museum of Art. "Arthur G. Dove," August 15–September 30, 1959, no. 88.
New York. American Federation of Arts Gallery. "Selections from the Edith and Milton Lowenthal Collection," May 25–June 5, 1964, no catalogue.
Brooklyn Museum. "Modernist Art from the Edith and Milton Lowenthal Collection," March 21–May 10, 1981, no. 17.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "American Art: The Edith and Milton Lowenthal Collection," October 10, 1996–January 12, 1997, unnumbered cat. (p. 14; published in MMA Bulletin 54, summer 1996).
Montclair, N. J. Montclair Art Museum. "Waxing Poetic: Encaustic Art in America," May 23–August 15, 1999.
Knoxville, Tenn. Knoxville Museum of Art. "Waxing Poetic: Encaustic Art in America," September 24, 1999–January 9, 2000.
Edward Alden Jewell. "Dove in Retrospect: Development Revealed in Exhibition at The Downtown—Other Modernists." New York Times (January 12, 1947), ill. p. X9.
Ben Wolf. "Retrospective Exhibition Given Arthur Dove." Art Digest 21 (January 15, 1947), p. 10.
Emily Genauer. "Dove, Picasso Feature Art Week." New York Herald Tribune (October 5, 1958), p. E14.
Holly Connor inThe Edith and Milton Lowenthal Collection. Exh. cat., Brooklyn Museum. New York, 1981, p. 20, no. 17, ill. (color).
Ann Lee Morgan. Arthur Dove: Life and Work, with a Catalogue Raisonné. Newark, Del., 1984, pp. 64, 287, no. 42.11, ill.
Anne Cohen DePietro in Anne Cohen DePietro. Arthur Dove and Helen Torr: The Huntington Years. Exh. cat., Heckscher Museum. Huntington, N. Y., 1989, p. 49.
Lisa M. Messinger in "Recent Acquisitions. A Selection: 1991–1992." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 50 (Fall 1992), p. 77, ill. (color).
Lisa Mintz Messinger. "American Art: The Edith and Milton Lowenthal Collection." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 54 (Summer 1996), pp. 6–7, 14, 44, ill. (color and bw).
William C. Agee inArthur Dove: A Retrospective. Exh. cat., Phillips Collection, Washington, D. C. Andover, 1997, p. 144.
Mario Naves. "Levelheaded Mysticism: Arthur Dove at the Whitney." New Criterion 16 (March 1998), p. 50.
David C. Clemens and Suzanne Johnson. Centerport: Images of America. Charleston, 2019, p. 103.
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