Reflections (Dove)

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Reflections by Arthur Dove.jpg
Artist Arthur Garfield Dove
Year 1935 (1935)
Medium Oil on canvas
Dimensions 38.42 cm × 53.66 cm (15.125 in × 21.125 in)
Location Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis

Reflections is an abstract oil on canvas painting by American artist Arthur Dove from 1935, currently located at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, which is in Indianapolis, Indiana, US.[1]


Reflections is a highly representative Dove piece, a flowing abstract landscape with trees under a prominent sun. The whimsy, organic elements, and prominent sun and moon are all characteristic themes of his work. Although at first glance a straightforward landscape, Dove once referred to it as "Reflections (from headlights in car)", indicating a more complex possible reading.[2]

Historical information[edit]

In 1910, Dove became the first American to paint an abstract work. His bold, emotional paintings earned him membership in the Stieglitz Group, a cadre of Americans devoted to modernism.[2] In 1933, he moved to Geneva, New York, to live on his family estate. Though unhappy with the region's provincial character, he remained for five years. His work underwent a profound shift in this period, as his artistic and geographic isolation led him to concentrate on scenes from his bucolic surroundings and the "purely formal appeal of natural objects' shapes and lines, which he emphasized to the point of abstraction with organic shapes and unexpected color schemes".[3] Reflections was created squarely in the middle of his Geneva period.

Location history[edit]

Dove first sold Reflections to his long-time friend and patron Alfred Stieglitz in New York. It was then added to the collection of the Downtown Gallery in New York before being acquired by Mr. and Mrs. Denman of Bellevue, Washington. The work then shuttled through private and corporate collections before returning to New York and the Alexandre Gallery, from which it was purchased by the IMA. It is currently housed in the Paine American Modernism Gallery.[4]


Reflections was purchased in 2003 from the Alexandre Gallery courtesy of the Caroline Marmon Fesler Fund. Its accession number is 2003.161.[4]


  1. ^ "Reflections, 1935". Bridgeman Art Library. Retrieved 14 September 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Lee, Ellen Wardwell; Robinson, Anne (2005). Indianapolis Museum of Art: Highlights of the Collection. Indianapolis: Indianapolis Museum of Art. ISBN 0936260777. 
  3. ^ Murphy, Jessica. "Arthur Dove (1880-1946)". Metropolitan Museum of Art. Retrieved 18 September 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Reflections". Indianapolis Museum of Art. Retrieved 14 September 2012.