Study for "Goat"

Arthur Dove American

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This watercolor is a study for Dove's oil painting of the same title (MMA 49.70.37). Dove typically worked out his compositional arrangements and color schemes in this medium, on a small scale, then transferred the image to a larger canvas by means of a projector-like "magic lantern" or a copying tool called a pantograph. A comparison with the Goat painting demonstrates the artist's adherence to his original conception of the work, with only minimal alterations to its shapes and tones.

Study for "Goat", Arthur Dove (American, Canandaigua, New York 1880–1946 Huntington, New York), Watercolor, gouache, and graphite on paperboard

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