Pine Tree

Pine Tree

1931

Arthur Dove

(American, 1880-1946)

Oil on canvas

Framed: 90.2 x 116.8 x 5.7 cm (35 1/2 x 46 x 2 1/4 in.); Unframed: 76.4 x 101.6 cm (30 1/16 x 40 in.)

Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1992.128

Fun Fact

Dove loved nature, preferring to live on houseboats rather than in the heart of the city.

Description

Arthur Dove’s love of nature deeply informed his work. As evident in Pine Tree, he rendered his subjects through abstracted form, rather than literal description. Here, the artist reconfigured the tree’s gnarled branches as rhythmically undulating shapes, and transformed its spiky needles into playfully jagged outlines. Most dramatically, three male pine cones, laden with pollen, appear as flame-like bursts.

See also
Collection: 
American - Painting
Type of artwork: 
Painting
Medium: 
Oil on canvas

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