Art: Music of the Eye

But Mr. Dove is much too keen To let a single bird be seen; To show the pigeons would not do And so he simply paints the coo.

Thus, in 1912, the Chicago Tribune's Bert Leston Taylor lampooned an extraordinary show by a 31-year-old painter. Except for its jeering tone, the jingle was an accurate enough statement of the creed of Painter Arthur G. Dove (1880-1946), who avowedly intended to paint such things as the sensation of the wind blowing on a hill, without necessarily showing either wind or hill. Chicago was as unconvinced by...

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