American, 1857 – 1922, (NY)


Arthur Wesley Dow, Meadow at Sunset, Oil on Board




Oil on board, Unsigned


Provenance: David Rago; purchased by the previous owner from a dealer for Dow


Bearing a label from Hirsch & Associates, Fine Art Services, NYC



Museums:  (17) The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum,

The Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (see bio for complete listing)


Listed: 57 books, including Enyeart, Harmony of Reflected Light, The Photographs of Arthur Wesley Dow


Green/Meyer, Arthur Wesley Dow: His Art and His Influence; Moffatt, Arthur Wesley Dow 1857-1922 


Periodicals: 17 (American Art Review, American Artist, Southwest Art, Art & Auction, Art in America,

Art of the West, American Art Quarterly)


Image size: 11 1/2" x 17"


Price:  Please Inquire






(Board verso)





Birth place: Ipswich, MA

Death place: New York, NY

Addresses: NYC / Ipswich, MA


Profession: Landscape painter, etcher, teacher, writer, lecturer


Studied: Boston, c.1880; Académie Julian, Paris, with Boulanger, Lefebvre, Doucet, Delance, 1884-89

(Fehrer cites his attendance dates as 1880-88); also in Pont Aven with Paul Gaugin


Exhibited: Paris Expo, 1886, 1889 (hon. men.); Paris Salon, 1887,1889; Boston Arts Club, 1889-1898; NAD, 1890-1900;

Pan-American Expo, Buffalo, 1901 (medal, prize); Boston Mechanics Assoc. (medal); Montross Gallery, NYC; Corcoran Gallery,

1910; Pan-Pacific Expo, San Francisco, 1915 (medal); Society of Independent Artists, 1917-18; Art Institute of Chicago; Los

Angeles County Museum of Art, 1929 (retrospective); Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, 1999 ("Arthur Wesley Dow and American

Arts & Crafts").


Member: Art Institute of Graphic Arts; California Printmakers; Society Western Artists


Work: Bostom Museum of Fine Arts; National Museum of American Art; Teachers College, Columbia University; Ipswich Public Library


Comments: Perhaps the single most influential American teacher of his time, Dow was integral to the Arts and

Crafts Movement and to the introduction and spreading of Japonisme in the United States. He came from a Puritan

background and had a classical education. After studying in France in the 1880s, he returned to Boston and worked as an assistant

curator at the Museum of Fine Arts. Here he was introduced  to Japanese art by the Oriental scholar and curator, Ernest Fenolossa. Dow

began making color woodblock prints by the early 1890s, and in 1895 had the first ever exhibition (at the BMFA) of color woodblock prints

by a Western  artist. From 1895-1904, he taught at the Pratt Institute. Dow's most important breakthrough came with his integration of

Eastern and Western art, and his development of corresponding new theories on composition which  he published in 1899 as Composition.

This book proved highly influential on the next two generations of American artists. He continued teaching at  Columbia Univ. (1904-22) and his

popular Ipswich Summer Art School (c.1900-07) attracted serious students from all over the country. Georgia  O'Keeffe and Max Weber

were among the  many students who acknowledged his profound influence. Although he is best known for his Ipswich  scenes, he also visited

 the West and produced paintings of the Grand Canyon (exhibited 1913). He was also a photographer. In addition to Composition,

he was author of Theory and Practice of Teaching Art, Constructive Art Teaching, By Salt Marshes, Ipswich Prints and Prints

 from Wood Blocks.


Sources: WW21; Frederick C. Moffatt, Arthur Wesley Dow (exh. cat., NCFA, 1977); Baigell, Dictionary; Fink,

American Art at the Nineteenth-Century Paris Salons, 339


This biography is drawn from the "Who Was Who in American Art" , the reference book on the cultural life in the United States.



San Diego Museum of Art

Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, MH De Young

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

Smithsonian American Art Museum

The Art Institute of Chicago

Addison Gallery of American Art

 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Ipswich Historical Society

 Worcester Art Museum

 The University of Michigan Museum of Art

 Herbert F Johnson Museum of Art

 Columbia University Museum

 The Metropolitan Museum of Art

 Whitney Museum of American Art

 Amon Carter Museum

 Sheldon Swope Art Museum


Books:  (57) including all major references


Enyeart, Harmony of Reflected Light, The Photographs of Arthur Wesley Dow

Green/Meyer, Arthur Wesley Dow: His Art and His Influence

Moffatt, Arthur Wesley Dow 1857-1922 


Periodicals: (17), through 2006


American Art Review, 2006 April American Impressionism: Variations on a Theme

American Art Review, June 2004,  Mount Holyoke College Art Museum

American Artist, May 2004, A Permanent Record of What Has Been

Art & Auction,  May2001, Date Book

Art in America, November 2000, Arthur Wesley Dow: Democratizing Art

Art & Antiques, May2000, A New Aesthetic

Southwest Art, March 2000, Arthur Wesley Dow

Art of the West, February2000, What's News 

American Arts Quarterly, August 2003, Japanism in America

Southwest Art, February 2003, Recent Books

American Art Review, June 2001, The Photographs of Arthur W Dow


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Arthur Wesley Dow, Oil on Panel, Meadow at Sunset