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Homage to the Ocean

Arthur B. Davies

American Art

The dancelike positions of the three nude women in this fanciful landscape recall the choreography of the famed Isadora Duncan, who had just returned to the United States in 1908 to promote her innovative dance movements, based on a free-form style that she attributed to the ancient Greeks. The painting most likely grew out of Davies' familiarity with Duncan's theory that the essence of dance technique rested in natural breathing paralleling the rhythms of the ocean tides--hence the painting's title. In Davies' hands this subject takes on a curious mixture of spirituality, academicism, and modernity that testifies to the eclecticism of his art.

MEDIUM Oil on canvas
DATES ca. 1908
DIMENSIONS 28 1/16 x 23 1/8 in. (71.3 x 58.8 cm)
SIGNATURE Signed lower left: "A.B. Davies"
CREDIT LINE Bequest of Lillie P. Bliss
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
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