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Car across the Street

1940 Arthur Dove Born: Canandaigua, New York 1880 Died: Huntington, New York 1946 pen and ink and watercolor on paper sheet: 5 1/2 x 8 7/8 in. (14.1 x 22.5 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation 1986.6.24 Not currently on view

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Dove suffered from various illnesses that kept him housebound for weeks at a time. Nevertheless he painted the world that was visible from his glass-enclosed front porch. For a painter inspired by nature, this confinement was frustrating, but Dove transformed the nearby activity into imaginative compositions. In this watercolor, he created a colorful, visually exciting scene from an otherwise banal subject, the neighbor’s car. Defined by only two black lines, the car seems to merge with the surrounding environment.

Graphic Masters II: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2009





paint - watercolor

paper - wove paper