Portrait of Ralph Dusenberry (1924) by Arthur Dove

Portrait of Ralph Dusenberry - Arthur Dove - 1924

Artwork Information

TitlePortrait of Ralph Dusenberry
ArtistArthur Dove
Mediummixed media
Dimensions22 x 18 in. (55.9 x 45.7 cm)
Art MovementDada
Current LocationMetropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, NY, US

About Portrait of Ralph Dusenberry

The artwork titled “Portrait of Ralph Dusenberry” is a creation by the artist Arthur Dove, dated to 1924. It is fashioned using mixed media and is categorized under the Dada art movement. Measuring 22 x 18 inches (55.9 x 45.7 cm), this portrait genre piece is exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, NY, United States.

The artwork presents an unconventional portrayal that aligns with the experimental nature of Dadaism. The composition features abstract elements and a layering of disparate materials and textures. Surrounding the central figure are what appear to be shapes and forms that might hold symbolic value, suggesting an alternative and less literal approach to portraiture. The use of color is notable, with the hues evoking a deliberate mood and atmosphere. Overall, the piece challenges traditional portraiture through its fragmented and abstracted representation of the subject.

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