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Henri Paul Motte, French, 1846–1922. The Trojan Horse, 1874, oil on canvas 38 1/4 x 57 3/8 in. European Art Purchase Fund, 2011.14.1

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Arthur Dove was born on August 2, 1880. His "Sunrise" was a featured work in our American Moderns (http://americanmoderns.org/) exhibition.

While living in his family's farmhouse in Geneva, New York, Dove noted in his diary on 29 August 1936 that he had begun to execute a series of paintings of the sunrise. A metaphor for conception, his Sunrise series unfolds as a story of creation. Our watercolor, shown below is a study for his oil painting Sunrise III, 1936.

Arthur Dove
Born in Canandaigua, New York, 1880
Died in Centerport, New York, 1946
Sunrise, 1936-37
Opaque and transparent watercolor and pen and black ink on wove paper
The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund, 1955.265

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George Segal, Trapeze, 1971. Plaster, wood, metal, rope; 36 x 72 in. Purchased through the gift of Henry and Walter Keney with additional funds contributed by Joseph L. Shulman and an Anonymous donor, 1972.12

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Unknown, Three Children of the Champlin Family, c. 1835-1840, oil on wood, 47 7/8 x 46 3/8 in., Gift of Mrs. Wallace S. Cheney in memory of her husband, 1954.183

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Rockwell Kent, Illustration for Moby Dick, Chapter CXXXV, 1929. Pen and ink on paper; 10 x 7 in. Gift of E. Weyhe, 1955.398.

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Victor Emanuel Portrait Gold Medal, 1860. G. Galeazzi, Italy 1 7/8" Bequest of Elizabeth Hart Jarvis Colt, 1905.1577

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Vincent van Gogh, Dutch, 1853–1890. Self-Portrait, c. 1887. Oil on canvas, 15 5/8 x 13 1/4 in. Gift of Philip L. Goodwin in memory of his mother, Josephine S. Goodwin, 1954.189.

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Andy Warhol, Early Colored Jackie, 1964. Silkscreen ink on synthetic polymer paint on canvas; 40 x 40 in. The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary, Catlin Sumner Collection Fund, The Douglas Tracy Smith and Dorothy Potter Smith Fund, The James L. Goodwin Fund, purchased through the gift of Henry and Walter Keney, and gift of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, 1994.17.1

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Patti Smith, Fender Duo-Sonic, NYC, 2009. © Patti Smith. Courtesy the artist and Robert Miller Gallery

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Edward Hopper
Born in Nyack, New York, 1882
Died in New York, 1967
Captain Strout's House, Portland Head, 1927
Opaque and transparent watercolor over graphite on wove paper
The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund, 1928.3

In the summer of 1927, Hopper drove around Cape Elizabeth, southeast of Portland, Maine, in search of new subject matter. This watercolor is among the most picturesque from that summer and depicts Portland Head Light, the oldest lighthouse in the state, along with the adjacent keeper's house. Hopper uses his characteristic yellow-green, blue, and brown palette and a simple technique in which layers of pale wash are applied over light pencil outlines.

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Calder was closely involved with the Wadsworth Atheneum during the 1930s. The "Nellie" to whom Calder dedicated this collage was Eleanor Howland Bunce, Director Chick Austin's assistant from 1933 through 1936. In addition to many personal references linking Bunce and Calder, the artist's fantastic animals—lion, giraffe, elephant with a horse's body, and monkey—recall the costumes Calder designed for the Paper Ball, held at the Atheneum in 1936.

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Edgar Degas, French, 1834–1917. Dancers with Fans, c. 1899, pastel on paper 24 1/2 x 27 1/2 in. The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund 1945.209

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Wedding Souvenir, 1966. Plaster; 6 5/8 x 2 ½ x 5 7/8 in. Gift of an Anonymous Donor, 1982.171-172, gift of Priscilla Cunningham in honor of Robert H. Smith, Jr., Esq. and Eugene Gaddis, 2009.8.1

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Gustav Klimt, Two Girls with Oleander, 1890-1892. Oil on canvas. The Douglas Tracy Smith and Dorothy Potter Smith Fund and The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund, 1993.96.

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