Philadelphia Museum of Art - Collections Object : Silver Tanks and Moon

Silver Tanks and Moon

Arthur Garfield Dove, American, 1880 - 1946


Oil and metallic paint on canvas

28 3/16 × 18 1/16 inches (71.6 × 45.9 cm) Framed: 29 1/2 × 19 1/2 × 1 3/4 inches (74.9 × 49.5 × 4.4 cm)

Curatorial Department:
American Art

* Special Exhibition Galleries, first floor (Dorrance Galleries)

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Credit Line:
The Alfred Stieglitz Collection, 1949

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One 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.

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