Italy Goes to War


Size: 3 1/8 x 7 3/8 inches (7.9 x 18.7 cm)
Medium: Watercolor
Signed lower middle: Dove
Why We Love It

Small perfect things have a particular appeal for us. Italy Goes To War, despite its diminutive scale, was lovingly and meticulously created by Arthur Dove. The colors, taken from the Italian flag are fresh and bright. Black ink has been carefully leeched through sand to form a hazy aura on the edges of Dove’s composition. This small abstraction is a perfect expression of Dove’s work.

The Value

Arthur Dove’s prominent place in the pantheon of American art is undisputed. The addition of a fine example of his work should be a goal for any serious collector. Dove loved to work in a small scale. The size of this work is neither an anomaly nor a detriment.