A Reasonable Facsimile

A work made of encaustic on canvas.

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Date:

1942

Artist:

Arthur Dove
American, 1880–1946

About this artwork

An exploration of the tensions between representation and abstraction, A Reasonable Facsimile appears purely nonobjective yet nevertheless suggests a landscape. The yellow half-circle at the top could represent the sun, one of Dove’s favorite subjects, and the areas of green and brown may be the earth below. When he exhibited this work in 1942 at An American Place, Dove published a poem in the catalogue, which includes the lines “There is much to be done— / Works of nature are abstract. / They do not lean on other things for meanings.” The title of this painting sums up Dove’s artistic project over the four decades of his career: to capture the abstraction of nature by creating “a reasonable facsimile” of its appearance.

On View

American Art, Gallery 265

Artist

Arthur Dove

Title

A Reasonable Facsimile

Origin

United States

Date

1942

Medium

Encaustic on canvas

Inscriptions

Signed lower center: Dove

Dimensions

47.3 × 63.2 cm (18 5/8 × 24 7/8 in.)

Credit Line

Alfred Stieglitz Collection

Reference Number

1949.541

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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