ⓘ Sentimental Music

Sentimental Music

ⓘ Sentimental Music

Doves work has significant musical influence. He was interested in music contemporary to his time, in particular jazz improvisation and the work of Igor Stravinsky. It is a product of Doves interest in synesthesia. He and his friend Georgia OKeeffe "wanted to be able to interpret the spirit of sound into paint."


1. Later history and display

New York. Whitney Museum of American Art. "Abstract Painting in America," February 12–March 22, 1935, no. 35 as "oil".

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Three Centuries of American Painting," April 9–October 17, 1965, unnum. checklist.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Arthur Dove/Helen Torr: Land and Water," February 14–June 14, 1998, no catalogue.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Stieglitz and His Artists: Matisse to OKeeffe," October 13, 2011–January 2, 2012, no. 64.


2. Description and interpretation

The work is an abstract depiction of musical instruments and the music that they create. Francine Prose described the painting as "sensual" and tells us that Dove found it "comparable to music" and "in 2/4 time".