Home » Arthur Dove: Watercolors and Pastels by Melanie Kirschner
Arthur Dove: Watercolors and Pastels Melanie Kirschner

Arthur Dove: Watercolors and Pastels

Melanie Kirschner

Published January 1st 1999
ISBN : 9780807614471
Paperback
118 pages
Enter the sum

 About the Book 

The first book to focus exclusively on the luminous watercolors and pastels of the American artist Arthur Dove (1880-1946), this volume explores the contributions of these mediums to the development of Doves distinctive, abstract images of theMoreThe first book to focus exclusively on the luminous watercolors and pastels of the American artist Arthur Dove (1880-1946), this volume explores the contributions of these mediums to the development of Doves distinctive, abstract images of the American landscape. Doves landmark pastel series of 1911-12, The Ten Commandments, represents American modernisms first breakthrough into abstraction. His subsequent pastels of the 1910s and 1920s provided him with stylistic innovations he later adapted in his oil paintings. Watercolor became the primary medium of Doves summer months in the early 1930s and remained so throughout his career. These small, exquisite images, rapidly executed in the woods, on his boat, on the train, or even from his porch, record his spontaneous responses to nature and reveal his immediate, incisive transformation of what he saw into delicately balanced compositions. Ms. Kirschner considers the role of these works and of the watercolor medium itself in Doves stylistic growth in the second half of his career. While some of these watercolors will seem familiar to those acquainted with Doves work, many have never before been published.