Description

    ARTHUR DOVE (American, 1880-1946)
    Landscape (Cagnes-sur-Mer, France), 1908-09
    Oil on canvas
    18-1/4 x 22-1/2 inches (46.4 x 57.2 cm)

    PROPERTY FROM THE KING COLLECTION, TEXAS

    PROVENANCE:
    The artist;
    Florence Dove, the artist's wife, Westport, Connecticut;
    Fred DePuy, Westport, Connecticut;
    Mr. and Mrs. Clifford C. Woods, Rocky Point, New York, by bequest from the above;
    Grete Meilmann Fine Arts, Ltd., New York;
    Acquired by the present owner from the above, December 1986.

    EXHIBITED:
    (Possibly) Hobart College, Geneva, New York, October 7-9, 1909;
    Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe, New Mexico, "Four Painters of the Stieglitz Circle," November 2, 1999-February 29, 2000;
    El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, Texas, "Modern American Painting 1907-1936: The Maria and Barry King Collection," September 8, 2013-January 5, 2014, no. 5.

    LITERATURE:
    Letters written by William Dove, the artist's son, archived in the King Collection files;
    A. Morgan, Arthur Dove: Life and Work with a Catalogue Raisonné, Newark, Delaware, 1984, p. 94 (as Landscape 08/09.2);
    P.S. Cable, Modern American Painting 1907-1936: The Maria and Barry King Collection, exhibition catalogue, El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, Texas, 2013, pp, 34-35, no. 5, illustrated.

    By 1908 Arthur Dove and his wife had saved enough money to travel to Paris. Arriving in May or early June of that year, Dove became acquainted with Alfred Maurer, who had been living in Paris for a number of years, and also with Arthur B. Carles, who had recently arrived in 1907. Sometime during the Doves' fifteen-month stay in France, it is believed that Maurer introduced the couple to his close friends Gertrude and Leo Stein.

    For several months in the winter of 1908, Dove accompanied Maurer to Cagnes-sur-Mer in the south of France near Nice to live and paint. Contemporaneously, Henri Matisse and Andre Derain also frequented this site but usually during the summer months. During this excursion, Dove's palette became brighter and more experimental as evidenced by the Fauvist Landscape (Cagnes-sur-Mer, France).

    While in France, Dove befriended a number of fellow American expatriate painters. He was asked to become a member of the "New Society of American Artists in Paris," which had been formed in 1908 by Maurer, along with Edward Steichen, Arthur B. Carles, and John Marin.

    Upon his return to the United States in July of 1909 after a seventeen-month stay in France, Dove came back with approximately thirty-four paintings. The whereabouts of just nine of these works is known, and the present painting, Landscape (Cagnes-sur-Mer, France), is one. These nine surviving French works by Dove are his first known Post-Impressionist paintings, employing a bright, non-traditional Fauvist palette.

    This painting is accompanied by a letter of authenticity kindly written by William Dove, the artist's son.


    Estimate: $40,000 - $60,000.

    Condition Report*:

    Canvas appears to be lined. Under UV examination, there appear to be very minor touches of inpaint in both the upper right and left corners. This painting is framed using Optium (museum acrylic glazing), which provides clear legibility for examination with both white light and black light. In order to maintain the integrity and airtight sealing of the housing, the painting was not viewed out of the frame for the condition report. Should you wish to have a more extensive report, we recommend firsthand inspection by a professional conservator. For assistance, please contact the department.

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