Silver Tanks and Moon

Arthur Garfield Dove, American, 1880 - 1946

Date:
1930

Medium:
Oil and metallic paint on canvas

Dimensions:
28 3/16 x 18 1/16 inches (71.6 x 45.9 cm)

Copyright:
© Estate of Arthur G. Dove

Curatorial Department:
Modern and Contemporary Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
1949-18-3

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.