Car across the Street

Media - 1986.6.24 - SAAM-1986.6.24_2 - 135613
Copied Arthur Dove, Car across the Street, 1940, pen and ink and watercolor on paper, sheet: 5 128 78 in. (14.122.5 cm), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation, 1986.6.24
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Artwork Details

Car across the Street
Not on view
sheet: 5 128 78 in. (14.122.5 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation
Mediums Description
pen and ink and watercolor on paper
  • Architecture — vehicle — automobile
  • Landscape — road
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Artwork Description

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


Media - 1986.6.100 - SAAM-1986.6.100_2 - 135134
Modern American Realism: Highlights from the Sara Roby Foundation Collection
October 20, 2018November 28, 2018
This exhibition presents some of the most treasured paintings and sculpture from SAAM’s permanent collection, including artworks by Will Barnet, Isabel Bishop, Paul Cadmus, Edward Hopper, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Jacob Lawrence, George Tooker, among others.