3:13 pm - Saturday December 18, 1954

Arthur Dove´s Fog Horns

Work of art from the FAC Permanent Collection on U.S. postage stamp


The influential works of 12 American modern artists – including Arthur Dove’s Fog Horns — were honored this month by the United States Postal Service with the dedication of the Modern Art in America, 1913 — 1931 stamps.


“Arthur Dove’s Fog Horns is the most renowned and historically important painting in the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center’s collection,” said FAC Museum Director Blake Milteer. “As a first generation Modern artist, Dove helped to transform the face of American art forever and Fog Horns is among the finest of his work.”


The work is currently on view at the Fine Arts Center in the North Courtyard Gallery, Tues.–Sun., 10a–5p.


In his early paintings, Dove’s style reflected the prismatic hues and impressionistic visions of his colleague Ernest Lawson (who later taught at the FAC’s predecessor, the Broadmoor Art Academy). Soon thereafter, Dove experienced the exciting abstract inclinations of new European Modern art during an extended stay in France.


When he returned to the United States, Dove applied the flat rendering of space he found in Cubism and the emotive hues of Fauvism to his own work.Fog Horns was painted during a period in the 1920s when Dove lived on a boat in the waters surrounding Long Island.


Yet the painting “does not depict the fog horn apparatus or the seascape as much as it represents the interpenetration of deeply echoing sound into air and land as all become shape and color in the painting,” said Milteer. “It is about a sensory experience. As Dove described it, he wished to weave disparate parts in a scene ‘into a sequence of formations rather than to form an arrangement of facts.’”


Dove’s Fog Horns has been on loan to major exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, the Guggenheim, the Albuquerque Museum, the Clark Institute, the Phillips Collection, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Art Institute of Chicago, and many more. Fog Hornsfeatured prominently in Robert Hughes’s significant PBS series and book American Visions.


Dove’s profound contribution is celebrated in the inclusion of Fog Horns among a powerhouse selection of the artist’s contemporaries on Modern Art in America, 1913 – 1931. This beautiful USPS stamp set has been released on the 100th anniversary of the 1913 Armory Show, a groundbreaking exhibition that beaconed Modern artistic innovation in America that was organized by another prominent artist in the FAC collection, Walt Kuhn.


Kuhn’s magnificent painting Trio, from the FAC collection, was recently sent to New York to be included in DC Moore Gallery’s exhibition, Walt Kuhn: American Modernin recognition of his Armory Show role.


The masterpieces reproduced on the Modern Art in America stamps include:


·         Fog Horns, (1929), Arthur Dove                                                                             Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center

·         House and Street (1931), Stuart Davis                                                                Whitney Museum of American Art

·         I Saw the Figure 5 in Gold (1928), Charles Demuth                                         The Metropolitan Museum of Art

·         The Prodigal Son (1927), Aaron Douglas                                                                                   Amon Carter Museum

·         Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2 (1912), Marcel Duchamp                              Philadelphia Museum of Art

·         Painting, Number 5 (1914-15), Marsden Hartley                                           Whitney Museum of American Art

·         Sunset, Maine Coast (1919), John Marin                                                                           Columbus Museum of Art

·         Razor (1924), Gerald Murphy                                                                                                          Dallas Museum of Art

·         Black Mesa Landscape, New Mexico/Out Back of Marie’s II (1930), Georgia O’Keeffe

                                                                                                                                                         Georgia O’Keeffe Museum

·         Noire et Blanche (1926), Man Ray                                                                                             Museum of Modern Art

·         American Landscape (1930), Charles Sheeler                                                                      Museum of Modern Art

·         Brooklyn Bridge (1919-20), Joseph Stella                                                                           Yale University Art Gallery


To learn more about the stories behind the stamps, visit beyondtheperf.com.


Credit line for attached image:


Arthur G. Dove, Fog Horns, 1929, oil on canvas.

Collection of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.

Anonymous Gift, FA 1954.1

©The Estate of Arthur G. Dove, courtesy of Terry Dintenfass, Inc.



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