Arthur Wesley Dow

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Arthur Wesley Dow (April 6, 1857December 1, 1922) was an American painter, printmaker, photographer, and influential arts educator. His ideas were quite revolutionary for the period, he taught that rather than copying nature, art should be created by elements of the composition, like line, mass and color.

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Composition: A Series of Exercises in Art Structure for the Use of Students and Teachers, Boston (1899)[edit]

  • Painting, which is essentially a rhythmic harmony of coloured spaces.
  • Realism was the death of art.
  • Great art should come from the harmony of two lines.
    • Composition: A Series of Exercises in Art Structure for the Use of Students and Teachers, Boston (1899)

Other[edit]

  • ..art lies in the fine choice. The artist does not teach us to see facts: he teaches us to feel harmonies.
    • "Talks on the Appreciation of Art", The Delinator (Jan 1915)
  • Art is the most valued thing in the world...it is the expression of the highest form of human energy,the creative power nearest to the divine.The power is within - the question is how to reach it.
    • Arthur Wesley Dow & American Arts & Crafts, Nancy E Green & Jessica Poesch Exhibt Cat. New York (1999)

About Dow[edit]

  • This man has one dominating idea..to fill space in a beautiful way.
    • Georgia O'Keeffe, The Artists Voice - Talks with Seventeen Artists, New York Harper & Row (1962)

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