She's the granddaughter of Arthur Dove
(considered by many the first American abstract painter) and started her own career as a painter at the pretigious Rhode Island School of Design--a fairly traditional path.
She comes from an artistic family: Her grandfather was the painter Arthur Dove
(1880-1946), one of the most important American Modernists, whose work is in the collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art and other major institutions.
Other classics from the American Modern like Arthur Dove
, Milton Avery or Richard Diebenkorn are included here to be discovered," she said, adding that this is part of what makes it so attractive.
After a brief but landmark trip to Paris' museums in 1964, the Andersons set out to become knowledgeable collectors, first of Impressionists, then early modern painters such as Picasso (a 1972 graphite work is in this room), German Expressionists such as Nolde, and early American modernists such as Arthur Dove
MODERN AMERICAN REALISM: The Sara Roby Foundation Collection" presents some of the most treasured artworks from the Smithsonian American Art Museum's permanent collection, including works by Will Barnet, Isabel Bishop, Paul Cadmus, Arthur Dove
, Nancy Grossman, Edward Hopper, Wolf Kahn, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Jacob Lawrence, Reginald Marsh, Ben Shahn, and Honore Sharrer, among others.
The jazz influence is headlined by Arthur Dove
(1880-1946) one of America's leading abstractionists.
The works of early American Modernists like Georgia O'Keefe, Marsden Hartley, and Arthur Dove
, with their fertile mix of the abstract and the representational, are progenitors of Kahn's animistic forms.
They do mine them--quite exactly in some instances--but in a manner that remains as loose, referentially speaking, as a connection to Stella (much less Arthur Dove
, Japanese Kenzan earthenware, or Giorgio Morandi, influences named in the show's press materials).
All these players were from the Baltimore, Maryland, area, including his top five players, third baseman Arthur Dove
, outfielders Hiram Kurtz and "Roger" Maul, first baseman Elmer Williams, and pitcher Ben Schaufele.
Her contemporaries include (and are often grouped with her in stylistic terms) Arthur Dove
, John Marin and Charles Demuth.
Finally there is the happy coincidence of two shows featuring work by Arthur Dove
and Willem de Kooning.
He also enhanced access by eliminating the museum's general admission charge and developing a new community engagement initiative, and has strengthened the collection by acquiring important works by Phillippe de Champaigne, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Andre Derain, Frederick Bierstadt, and Arthur Dove