view of the Grand Canyon; purples in the foreground, oranges in background; blue and purple shades in sky

The Destroyer, c. 1911–13

Dow traveled the American Southwest in 1911 and 1912, documenting the Grand Canyon. His unusual painting style fused an appreciation for Japanese woodblock prints—gained from his days as a curator of Japanese art in Boston—with the simplicity of the American Arts and Crafts movement. In this work, his use of color and visible brushstrokes emphasizes the immensity of the vast, exotic landscape of the Southwest.

Details
Title
The Destroyer
Artist Life
1857 - 1922
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2009.62
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view of the Grand Canyon; purples in the foreground, oranges in background; blue and purple shades in sky