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Formation I

Arthur Garfield Dove, American, (August 2, 1880–November 23, 1946)

Creation date: 1943
Creation place: United States

Other Information

Type: Oil Painting
Medium and Support: Oil and wax emulsion on canvas
Credit Line: Museum purchase with funds from the Helen M. Towle Bequest
Accession Number: 1972.189
Dimensions: 25 in. x 35 in. (63.5 cm x 88.9 cm)
Currently on view

Provenance

The Downtown Gallery, Inc., New York, New York ( - )

Robert Schoelkopf Gallery, New York, New York ( - October 31, 1972)

Robert Palmer, Los Angeles, California ( - 1972)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (October 31, 1972 - )

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October 18, 2914
Anita Feldman, Deputy Director of Collections and Exhibitons
Arthur Garfield Dove
American • 1880–1946
Formation I
Oil and wax emulsion on canvas • 1943
Arthur Dove was one of the first U.S. artists to create completely abstract compositions. After being influenced by the works of Paul Cézanne and Henri Matisse during a visit to France in 1907, he returned to New York City and moved in the circle of avant-garde artists associated with the photog- rapher Alfred Stieglitz. Dove’s first solo exhibition took place at Stieglitz’s legendary 291 Gallery in 1912. Dove’s paintings, as demonstrated by Formation I, possess a harmony of color and form. Typically deriving inspiration from the natural envi- ronment, Dove used abstraction to create a synthesis of flat- tened shapes. He experimented with different materials, and this work was created using a combination of wax emulsion and oil paint, a practice he explored a number of times.
Museum purchase with funds from the Helen M. Towle Bequest 1972.189
Last Updated: 10/20/2014

Exhibition

This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Arthur G. Dove: Paintings, 1942-43 An American Place , 2/11/1943 - 3/17/1943

Arthur Dove Paul Kantor Gallery , 5/7/1956 - 6/1/1956

[No Title] Gump's , 1/1/1963 - 12/31/1963

Arthur Dove Exhibition , 11/20/1974 - 1/18/1976

Arthur Dove: A Retrospective Addison Gallery of American Art , 9/20/1997 - 10/4/1998

Dove / O'Keeffe: Circles of Influences , 6/7/2009 - 1/10/2010

Ortra vez Modern and Contemporary The San Diego Museum of Art , 3/30/2013 - 7/14/2013

American: Art of the 20th Century San Diego Museum of Art , 1/18/2014 - 8/26/2014

American Visions: Place and Identity The San Diego Museum of Art , 10/18/2014 - 3/17/2015

Art of the 20th Century , 3/28/2015 - 8/16/2015

American Art The San Diego Museum of Art , 11/26/2016 - 8/15/2021

Art of the Americas The San Diego Museum of Art , 9/7/2021 - 00/00/00

Bibliography

This object has the following bibliographic references:

Ms. Mary Stofflet. San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1993
Page Number: 211, Figure Number: 211

Mr. Martin E. Petersen. San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1993
Page Number: 151

William C. Agee and Debra Bricker Balken. Arthur Dove: Addison Gallery of American Art. Andover, Massachusetts, 1998
Page Number: 144-145, 162, Figure Number: 81

Debra Bricker Balken. Arthur Dove: Addison Gallery of American Art. Andover, Massachusetts, 1998
Page Number: 162

Ann Lee Morgan. Arthur Dove: Life and Work, With a Catalogue Raisonné University of Delaware Press. Newark, New Jersey, 1984
Page Number: 297, no. 43.6, Figure Number: 43.6

Dr. Don Bacigalupi and Ms. Rachel Evans. San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 2003
Page Number: 13

Mr. D. Scott Atkinson. San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 2003
Page Number: 198, Figure Number: 198

Debra Bricker Balken. Dove / O'Keeffe: Circles of Influence Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Williamstown, Massachusetts, 2009
Page Number: 73, Figure Number: 66

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