While the title suggests that the subject is a portrait, the composition is purely abstract. The lush palette of muted pinks, green, grey and yellow reveal nature as his principal source of inspiration.

Arthur Dove

American, 1880–1946

Facescape, 1940

Oil on canvas

6 x 8 inches

Signed lower center

Arthur Dove’s Facescape is a small composition, yet rich in color and truly characteristic of Dove’s best work. While the title suggests that the subject is a portrait, the composition is purely abstract. The lush palette of muted pinks, green, grey and yellow reveal nature as his principal source of inspiration. The organic shapes containing the expressive colors exemplify Dove’s ability to convey emotion through his composition. Facescape was exhibited in 1940 at Stieglitz’ gallery, An American Place.

While the title suggests that the subject is a portrait, the composition is purely abstract. The lush palette of muted pinks, green, grey and yellow reveal nature as his principal source of inspiration.