Discovering Dove

I am a big fan of Arthur Dove (1880-1946), an American modernist associated with the Alfred Stieglitz group in the early 20th century. He didn’t become a household name like Georgia O’Keeffe, who was a good friend of his. I’ve long thought of him as “one of…” the pioneer abstractionists, “one of…” the painters who evoked nature and landscape in his works, “one of…” the names to be spoken of in the same breath as John Marin, Marsden Harley, and Charles Demuth. He didn’t stand out for me until I recently noticed some stunning works at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston:

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