Apr 6, 2015
Apr 6, 2015

Pine Tree

Pine Tree


Arthur Dove

(American, 1880–1946)

Oil on canvas

Framed: 90.2 x 116.8 x 5.7 cm (35 1/2 x 46 x 2 1/4 in.); Unframed: 76.4 x 101.6 cm (30 1/16 x 40 in.)

Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1992.128

Did you know?

Dove loved nature, preferring to live on houseboats rather than in the heart of the city.


Arthur Dove’s love of nature deeply informed his work. As evident in Pine Tree, he rendered his subjects through abstracted form, rather than literal description. Here, the artist reconfigured the tree’s gnarled branches as rhythmically undulating shapes, and transformed its spiky needles into playfully jagged outlines. Most dramatically, three male pine cones, laden with pollen, appear as flame-like bursts.

See also
American - Painting
Type of artwork: 
Oil on canvas

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