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Arthur Wesley Dow (1857 - 1922)

Lot 40: ARTHUR WESLEY DOW (1857-1922) THE LOTOS. 1896.

Swann Auction Galleries

October 14, 2004
New York, NY, US

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25 3/4x18 1/4 inches.
Condition B-: restoration and extensive overpainting in margins; repaired tears through image; horizontal fold.
An influential artist and teacher, Dow's own work was heavily influenced by the "floating world" (ukiyo-e), of the Japanese woodblock masters and other Asian art influences, as well as the Arts and Crafts movement of William Morris in England. A teacher at many of America's most prominent art institutions (Pratt Institute, Columbia University Teachers College, the Arts Student's League, and his own Ipswich Summer School of Art), Dow's influence spread far and wide, including Georgia O'Keeffe, who was his most famous inspiration. Perhaps his most lasting gift to the art world was his 1899 manual, Composition: A Series of Exercises in Art Structure for the Use of Students and Teachers, which became a standard art text at schools across the nation. Dow's most famous poster, reproduced in the Maitres de l'Affiche was for the magazine entitled Modern Art (Maitres pl 36). This scarcely seen image (see Swann Auction 1831, lot 29) is for a magazine that was one of several titles used by Arts and Crafts practitioners to propagate their art (others included Keramic Studio, The Craftsman, The Hobbyhorse, Knight Errant and The Studio) and appears in at least two different colors. Virginia p. 39.

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