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Arthur Garfield Dove was born in upstate New York in 1880, when the United States was still largely rural and provincial. Dove's formative years were spent living the simple life, close to nature, and we see that influence in his work. Dove enrolled at Cornell University in Ithaca to study law, but by the time he completed his A.B. degree he had decided to become an illustrator, drawing for McClure's, Century, Collier's, St. Nicholas, and The Illustrated Sporting News .



In 1904 he married Florence Dorsey; in 1908 they went to Paris where he gained exposure to the European art world; they returned to America in 1909. Dove worked in Westport, Connecticut to support his wife and son, but soon after his father died.













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