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Study for A Reasonable Facsimile

A work made of watercolor, gouache, and brush and black ink, with scraping, on cream wove paper.

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  • A work made of watercolor, gouache, and brush and black ink, with scraping, on cream wove paper.

Date:

1942

Artist:

Arthur Dove
American, 1880-1946

About this artwork

Although he began his career as a commercial illustrator, Arthur Dove became one of America’s first abstract artists following his travels in Europe, where he was particularly taken with the work of Henri Matisse and the Fauves. Here he created what he felt was “a reasonable facsimile” of a landscape, with references to the sun above and the earth below; this study for the painting of the same name exemplifies Dove’s late-career investigation of the line between representation and abstraction. The painting is accompanied by a poem: “There is much to be done— / Works of nature are abstract. / They do not lean on other things for meanings.”

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Artist

Arthur Dove

Title

Study for A Reasonable Facsimile

Origin

United States

Date

Made 1942

Medium

Watercolor, gouache, and brush and black ink, with scraping, on cream wove paper

Dimensions

125 x 175 mm (sight)

Credit Line

Gift of the estate of Arthur G. Dove

Reference Number

2006.409

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