Over the Harbor, Centerport
1942 Arthur Dove Born: Canandaigua, New York 1880 Died: Huntington, New York 1946 watercolor on paper 5 1/2 x 9 in. (14.0 x 22.9 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Bequest of Edith S. and Arthur J. Levin 2005.5.25 Not currently on view
Over the Harbor, Centerport is one of many small-scale watercolors Dove created in his beloved Long Island, New York, during the last years of his life. This landscape provided constant inspiration for the artist who preferred the organic shapes of nature to the angular shapes of the city. In this abstract, lyrical composition, Dove captured the essence of the harbor with loosely painted black lines and an earthy palette. Flecks of white paper, left purposely exposed, create a texture reminiscent of sea-foam and clouds.
Graphic Masters II: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2009