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Arthur Dove

Often experimenting with unusual media in unconventional combinations, Dove (1880–1946) is often considered the first American abstract painter. He graduated from an ivy league college and at first tried his hand at illustration, becoming a well known commercial illustrator. In New York, Dove met Alfred Stieglitz, a well known photographer and gallery owner who was very active in promoting modern art in America. With Stieglitz's support, Dove came to create what are known as the first purely abstract paintings to come out of America. Dove’s works were based on natural forms and he referred to his type of abstraction as “extraction” where, in essence, he extracted the essential forms of a scene from nature.