c. 1915

Arthur Wesley Dow

(American, 1857–1922)

Color woodcut

Support: Japanese Laid Paper

Sheet: 15.1 x 24 cm (5 15/16 x 9 7/16 in.); Image: 10.8 x 17.7 cm (4 1/4 x 6 15/16 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1999.324

Catalogue raisonné: Acton and Goddu 61



An influential teacher, Dow articulated his artistic beliefs in Composition: A Series of Exercises in Art Structure for the Use of Students and Teachers (1899). His revolutionary approach was rooted in the idea that music was "the key to the other fine arts, since its essence is pure beauty." Dow believed that modern art should aspire to be "visual music."

See also
PR - Woodcut
Type of artwork: 
Color woodcut

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