About the Project
Arthur Dove (1880-1946)
Draft of a letter to Alfred Stieglitz, May 1933
Arthur and Helen Torr Dove papers, 1905-1975
In 1933, painter Arthur Dove drafted these letters to collector and museum founder Duncan Phillips. Dove drafted this response to Phillip’s proposal to cut the painting, The Bessie of New York, in half. Dove strongly disagreed with the idea but did not want to offend an important patron. Today the painting is still fully intact and in the collection of the Baltimore Museum of Art.