'Pieces of experience literally seized': Arthur Dove's symbolic portraits in collage, 1924-1925
Todd, Emily Leland
Camfield, William A.
Master of Arts
Arthur Garfield Dove's symbolic portrait collages are a unique body of work. They represent the multiplicity of artistic styles and thought in New York City during the first three decades of the twentieth century. As an outgrowth of a number of avant-garde intellectual and visual precedents, these works stand alone by virtue of Dove's unusual amalgam of European and American thinking. What are the artistic and philosophic underpinnings of these works? What makes them portraits? Are there theories or art works that directly influenced Dove? Where do these eight portrait collages stand in relation to both their artistic precedents and contemporary work? What makes these works significant sixty years after their creation?
Fine arts; Biographies