On Tuesday, Nov. 6, Rachael DeLue of Princeton University spoke to faculty and students in Chapman Auditorium concerning common elements and themes in the artwork of 20th-century American abstract painter Arthur Dove.
DeLue teaches in the art and archaeology department at Princeton and is currently lecturing at universities across the country about her research on Arthur Dove. She has extensively studied Doveâ€™s life and art as well as his diaries, and she is currently writing a book about meteorology in his art.
Dove was part of an early 20th-century art movement including artists like Georgia Oâ€™Keefe and Gertrude Stein. Â DeLue showed examples of concentric circles and weather phenomena in his art and focused on Doveâ€™s desire to â€œgive visual form to un-seeable phenomenaâ€ such as moon or sun light on the earth.
Dove believed that weather â€œties together earthâ€™s disparate places and peoples,â€ making them into a kind of whole. Â He wanted to draw connections and establish art as a form that could â€œforge universalizing bonds.â€
DeLue also pointed to Doveâ€™s desire to communicate and translate things from one form to another, which included making art of various objects to create art from many different mediums. Dove also often used â€œone material to act like or stand for anotherâ€ and played with translations and substitutions. Â He used his paintings to connect â€œmany bodies and senses and materials.â€
Junior art history student Maddy Carr said, â€œDeLueâ€™s connections of circles and the weather and wanting to be part of the world all described Doveâ€™s work in an enlightening way.â€
Audience members included Trinity faculty, alumni and students, specifically art history students, as well as members of the San Antonio community.