Dow - Modern Art - (1897)

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Artist: Arthur W. Dow (1857 - 1922)
Title: Modern Art.
Date of printing: 1897.
Technique: Original chromolithography

Arthur Wesley Dow (1857 – December 13, 1922) was an American painter, printmaker, photographer and influential arts educator. Dow went to Paris for his early art education, studying at the Académie Julian under the supervision of the academic artists, Gustave Boulanger and Jules Joseph Lefebvre, between 1880 and 1888. He accepted commissions for posters and other commercial work. In 1895, he designed the poster to advertise the Journal of Modern Art and in 1896, he designed the poster for an exhibition of Japanese prints.

 After his return to the United States, over the course of his career Dow taught at three major American arts training institutions, beginning with the Pratt Institute from 1896-1903. He also taught at the New York Art Students League from 1898-1903.[4] In 1900, Dow founded and served as the director of the Ipswich Summer School of Art in Ipswich, Massachusetts. From 1904 to 1922, he was a professor of fine arts at Columbia University Teachers College.


His ideas were quite revolutionary for the period; Dow taught that rather than copying nature, individuals should create art through elements of the composition, such as line, mass and color. He wanted leaders of the public to see art is a living force for all in everyday life, not as a sort of traditional ornament for the few. Dow suggested that the American lack of interest in art would improve if art was presented as a means of self-expression. He wanted people to be able to include personal experience in creating art. His ideas on art were published in his 1899 book Composition: A Series of Exercises in Art Structure for the Use of Students and Teachers.

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Size (image size exc. margins nor matting): 20.1 x 15.6 cm.
Size (inc. matting): 40 x 30 cm.

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Technique: Chromolithography
Date of printing: 1897
Skilfully matted under museum-quality card-board; ready to frame.