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Arthur G. Dove
Born 1880 in Canandaigua, NY
Died 1946 in Huntington, NY
The Derrick, 1931
oil paint on canvas
30 1/8 x 40 1/8 inches
Bebe and Crosby Kemper Collection
Gift of the William T. Kemper Charitable Trust, and
the Enid and Crosby Kemper Foundation
2000.4
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Dove studied law and worked as an illustrator before creating what are arguably the earliest works of pure abstraction. Alfred Stieglitz showed Dove's work in 1912, marking the first public exhibition of American abstract art. Dove based his work on nature, but chose abstraction as the language of his expression, seeking to reveal the inner life and spiritual forces of nature rather than its physical representation.