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


As its title suggests, this work portrays a stormy landscape, but one dramatically abstracted into a series of arched and rolling bands of color surrounding a large eyelike shape. Dove’s colors are the muted shades of earth and overcast sky, with the silvery, metallic sheen of the artist-made frame echoing and enhancing the grays of the composition. Like many avant-garde artists, Dove experimented with abstraction as a way to pursue an inner vision: he simplified his subjects to their most basic, organic forms, expressing a spiritual force beyond their tangible reality.