The Cover Section Editor: M. Therese Southgate,
MD, Senior Contributing Editor.
Little in the early life of Arthur Garfield Dove (1880-1946) predicted
that he would become one of his country's most critically acclaimed artists
nor that he would become one of the pioneers of modern painting in America
as well as one of the first abstract painters anywhere. Born in Canandaigua,
NY, from his boyhood Dove had been interested in art and even took lessons
from a local artist. When he went to college, however, he enrolled in the
pre-law program at Cornell to please his father, who considered painting "madness."
Dove also enrolled at the school of mechanical engineering, where he continued
his art studies. When he graduated in 1903, he went to New York City, where
he worked as an illustrator, contributing to such national magazines as Harper's, Scribner's, Century, and Collier's, among others. In 1904,
he married his childhood sweetheart, Florence Dorsey; a son, William Clinton,
was born in 1910.
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