History And Context


Arthur Dove always found his inspiration in the abundance of nature. However abstract his paintings became, each was rooted in a place, time, and memory of something real that he had experienced or seen. He sought to replicate nature’s rhythmic patterns. In Cows in Pasture, painted during Dove’s years in Geneva, New York, he accomplished this effortlessly. Dove flattens the landscape, creating a shallow picture plane and curving shapes of color; the hills in the background echo the bulbous shapes of the cows. Dove also established a rhythmic pattern by limiting the color palette to browns, greens, whites, and blacks, laying the colors in a way that unifies the entire painting. Duncan Phillips wrote about the painting in Magazine of Art in 1947: “The heavy sluggish shapes, the dull and mossy greens and browns, provide the mental picture of the animals at rest. Black and white and dun-colored, they are huddled in a pasture, their hind quarters settled comfortably into congenial turf . . . the lazy contours suggest the slow and drowsy rumination.”

More Works by Arthur G. Dove In the Collection


Green Ball
Arthur G. Dove
between 1939 and 1940
Lake Afternoon
Arthur G. Dove
1935

Over Seneca Lake
Arthur G. Dove
1935
The Park
Arthur G. Dove
1927
Phelps, New York
Arthur G. Dove
1937

Primitive Music
Arthur G. Dove
1944
R 25-A
Arthur G. Dove
1942
Red Barge
Arthur G. Dove
1931

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