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Fourth of July

1971 A. Brockie Stevenson Born: Upper Moreland, Pennsylvania 1919 Died: Glen Echo, Maryland 2009 acrylic on canvas 37 x 60 1/8 in. (94.0 x 152.8 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the Woodward Foundation 1976.108.109 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 44B

Luce Center Label

Brockie Stevenson paints distinctly American subjects, from lobster pots and flags to trains and firehouses. In Fourth of July the verticals and horizontals of the clapboard house create a dramatic stage for the large American flag, which hangs almost to the ground. The rectangular flag appears part of the building itself, the white stripes blending seamlessly with the vertical posts of the porch. The bright colors and clean lines suggest a well cared for house, but the window and door reveal only a blank interior with no evidence of life. This dark, silent view contrasts with our expectations of the Fourth of July, a day traditionally filled with color, noise, and crowds.


Architecture Exterior - domestic - house

Ceremony - holiday - Fourth of July

Object - other - flag


paint - acrylic

fabric - canvas