Car across the Street

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

Title
Car across the Street
Artist
Date
1940
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
sheet: 5 128 78 in. (14.122.5 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation

Mediums
Mediums Description
pen and ink and watercolor on paper
Classifications
Keywords
  • Landscape
  • Architecture – vehicle – automobile
  • Landscape – road
Object Number
1986.6.24
Palette
Linked Open Data
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