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Flat Surfaces

Arthur G. Dove

American Art

On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
Flat Surfaces, Arthur G. Dove’s last major canvas, serves as a poignant summation of his longtime quest for the “elimination of the non-essential.” Basing the composition on the view of the pond from his Long Island home, he distilled the landscape into flat, hard-edged geometric shapes that approach pure abstraction.

Though an intimate of the photographer Alfred Stieglitz’s circle of modern artists, Dove preferred to live and work outside the city in proximity to nature. Considered the first American artist to produce purely nonrepresentational pictures (in 1910), he used form and color to express his deep spiritual feelings about the natural world.
MEDIUM Oil on canvas
DATES 1946
DIMENSIONS 27 x 36in. (68.6 x 91.4cm) Frame: 29 1/4 x 38 x 2 1/4 in. (74.3 x 96.5 x 5.7 cm)
SIGNATURE lower center
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
CREDIT LINE Dick S. Ramsay Fund
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