Modern and Contemporary Art
Silver Tanks and Moon
Arthur Garfield Dove, American, 1880 - 1946
Oil and metallic paint on canvas
Currently not on view
1949-18-3The Alfred Stieglitz Collection, 1949
LabelOne of the first abstract painters in America, Arthur Dove—together with his close friend Georgia O’Keeffe—belonged to a group of artists associated with Alfred Stieglitz, a pioneering photographer and ardent supporter of American modernism. Dove’s work, rooted in nineteenth-century romantic idealism, explored the spirituality of nature as a counterweight to the materialistic culture of the industrial age. In this solemn painting silvery industrial tanks soar toward the moon like mysterious totems of a pantheistic faith. Dove would have agreed with his colleague Paul Strand that “spiritual control over the machine” was a principal goal of art.