The Long Road--Argilla Road, Ipswich
In the 1890s, Arthur Wesley Dow discovered the art of Japan through his close friendship with Ernest Fenollosa (1853–1908), America's leading Asian art expert and a curator at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts. For Dow, Japanese art represented a radical departure from what he perceived as the stagnant style of naturalism dominating his early oeuvre and the Boston art world. He explored his new sensibility in color woodcuts, such as this one, that render a landscape as an almost abstract arrangement of colors and shapes. Dow's ideas were disseminated widely through he influential art manual Composition (1899), which was heavily illustrated with Japanese examples.
- Artist: Arthur Wesley Dow, American, 1857-1922
- Medium: Colored inks on laid paper
- Dates: ca. 1898
- Dimensions: Sheet: 5 3/8 x 8 1/2 in. (13.7 x 21.6 cm) Image: 4 1/4 x 7 1/16 in. (10.8 x 17.9 cm) (show scale)
- Inscriptions: Inscription in graphite, bottom edge: "3rd. Jan. 24 - '98 - "
- Collections:American Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 1999.115
- Credit Line: Alfred T. White Fund
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- Caption: Arthur Wesley Dow (American, 1857-1922). The Long Road--Argilla Road, Ipswich, ca. 1898. Colored inks on laid paper, Sheet: 5 3/8 x 8 1/2 in. (13.7 x 21.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Alfred T. White Fund, 1999.115
- Record Completeness: Best (83%)