About this artwork
Helen Torr made this highly experimental work while living aboard a sailboat with her husband, painter Arthur Dove. The forms here were probably informed by some part of the boat’s structure. The narrow bands of silvery gray recall shaped metal fittings, complete with small circles that are reminiscent of rivets or nails. But the artist deliberately abstracted any recognizable motifs, leaving an exploration of pure form and color.
- Helen Torr
- United States (Object made in)
- Egg tempera on metal, mounted on board
- 40.6 × 36.8 cm (16 × 14 1/2 in.)
- Through prior acquisition of Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson; through prior bequest of George F. Porter; Mr. and Mrs. Frederick G. Wacker Jr. Endowment Fund; through prior acquisitions of Friends of American Art and Charles H. and Mary F.S. Worcester; Robert McCormick Fund; purchased with funds provided by Elizabeth Souder Louis