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Snow and Water

Carrie A. Butt
JAMA. 2012;308(19):1954. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.3329.
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The development of modern art at the beginning of the 20th century was a quest to portray things that go unseen: the energy of a city, perpetual movement, four dimensions rendered in a single image, or the spirituality of color. For inspiration, artists mined a variety of subjects from machines and skyscrapers, to portraits and myths. Yet distinguishing himself from many European modernists was Arthur Garfield Dove (1880-1946), who found his inspiration in the more nuanced forces of natural landscapes.

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Arthur Garfield Dove (1880-1946), Snow and Water, 1928, American. Oil on aluminum. 50.8 × 69.9 cm. Courtesy of the Currier Museum of Art (http://www.currier.org/), Manchester, New Hampshire; gift of Paul and Hazel Strand, 1975.22. © The Estate of Arthur G. Dove, courtesy Terry Dintenfass, Inc, New York, New York.



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