Original hand made, hand woven wall hanging modern art tapestry.
Arthur Garfield Dove (1880–1946) was an American artist. An early American modernist, he is often considered the first American abstract painter. Dove used a wide range of media, sometimes in unconventional combinations, to produce his abstractions and his abstract landscape painting. Dove did a series of experimental collage works in the 1920s. He also experimented with techniques, combining paints like hand mixed oil or tempera over a wax emulsion. Dove's childhood interests included playing the piano, painting lessons, and being a pitcher on a high school baseball team. Dove attended Hobart College and Cornell University, and graduated from Cornell in 1903. Dove was chosen to illustrate the Cornell University yearbook. Dove's illustrations proved popular because they brought life to the characters and situations they depicted. After graduation, he became a well known commercial illustrator in New York City, working for Harper's Magazine and The Saturday Evening Post. Dove's parents were upset at his choice to become an artist, instead of a more profitable profession that his Ivy League degree would have enabled, and they would prove unsympathetic to the difficulties that came with a career in art.
In 1907, Dove and his first wife, Florence, traveled to France and moved to Paris, then the world's art capital. They made short trips to both Italy and Spain. While there, Dove joined a group of experimental artists from the United States, which included Alfred Henry Maurer. While in Europe, Dove was introduced to new painting styles, in particular the Fauvist works of Henri Matisse, and he exhibited at the annual Autumn Salon in 1908 and 1909. When Dove returned to America in 1909 he met Alfred Stieglitz, a well known photographer and gallery owner who was very active in promoting modern art in America, including works by European artists that had never been seen before in the U.S. Dove exhibited his works at Stieglitz's 291 gallery in 1910 as part of the show "Younger American Painters", The show, which included a group of Dove's pastels that came to be known as "The Ten Commandments", was the first public exhibition of abstract art by an American.
Dove's most consistent supporter was Duncan Phillips, founder of the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., which now holds the majority of Dove's work. His work influenced later abstract landscape painters, such as Julian Hatton and Georgia O'Keeffe. His paintings would go on to have a major impact on the work of Abstract Expressionists such as Lee Krasner, Jackson Pollock, and Mark Rothko. The artist died on November 23, 1946 in Long Island, NY. Today, his works are held in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., among others.
The Estate of Arthur Dove is represented by the Terry Dintenfass Gallery.
In 1946 Jean Cassou selected tapestry as the focus for the Musée national d’art moderne’s opening exhibition. Manufactura de Tapecarias de Portalegre (Portugal) (TMP Fino) tapestries are woven by hand on vertical looms. They are flat weave rug Aubusson style, woven from the base up and from the reverse side. The decorative weft wraps around the warp, crating a density of 2,500 stiches/dm2. Portalegre tapestries are limited series of 1, 4 or 8 tapestries based on the same original, each one numbered and hand-signed by the artist on the bolduc, a small cotton rectangle of fabric sewed on the back side of the tapestry. The bolduc also states the title, number and the dimensions of the tapestry. Many great modern artists such as Alexander Calder, Picasso, Vasarely have had their works translated into tapestries. Many Portuguese and foreign artists have had their work translated into Portalegre tapestries. They are the equivalent of the Belgian or French Aubusson Tapisserie Atelier such as Pinton Freres, Tabard, Goubely Gatien. They have worked with Jean Lurcat, Mathieu Mategot, Eduardo Nery, Graca Morais, Maria Vieira da Silva,