Boats at Rest

A work made of oil on canvas.

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

c. 1895

Artist:

Arthur Wesley Dow
American, 1857–1922

About this artwork

In 1891 Arthur Wesley Dow began to engage seriously with the formal elements of Japanese art in his prints and oil paintings. In works such as Boats at Rest, he depicted locales around his native Ipswich, Massachusetts, using the radical cropping, elevated perspective, and flattened pictorial space characteristic of ukiyo-e (Japanese woodblock) prints. His palette of bold colors, however, is more akin to the work of French Post-Impressionist artists such as Émile Bernard and Paul Gauguin. Dow’s Japanese-inspired theories of composition, which he outlined both in his publications and in the classes he taught at the Ipswich Summer School of Art and the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, were immensely influential to artists and designers working in both two and three dimensions.

On View

American Art, Gallery 273

Artist

Arthur Wesley Dow

Title

Boats at Rest

Origin

Ipswich

Date

1895

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Signed, lower left: "Arthur W. Dow"

Dimensions

66 × 91.4 cm (26 × 36 in.)

Credit Line

Through prior acquisition of the Charles H. and Mary F. S. Worcester Collection

Reference Number

1990.394

Extended information about this artwork

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