Arthur Dove American

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From 1933 to 1938 Dove managed an inherited property in Geneva, New York, that included a farm. There, he was frequently in contact with barnyard animals, which he portrayed in works ranging from naturalistic to abstract, sometimes at a distance and sometimes close up. In Goat and its smaller preparatory watercolor study in The Met's collection (49.70.75), the animal visually merges with its environment. Depicted in the tones of soil, foliage, water, and sky, the goat is not only part of the landscape but also seems transformed into a landscape.

Dove’s creative process always involved preliminary studies, which he called "small ones," that were transferred to larger paintings with the aid of a pantograph machine or a slide projector. In this instance he planned almost every detail since there are very few differences between the two versions. Even the thinned oil paint washes emulate the translucency of the watercolor.

#1829. Goat

Goat, Arthur Dove (American, Canandaigua, New York 1880–1946 Huntington, New York), Oil on canvas with selective varnish

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