Fourth of July

Media - 1976.108.109 - SAAM-1976.108.109_1 - 4852
Copied A. Brockie Stevenson, Fourth of July, 1971, acrylic on canvas, 3760 18 in. (94.0152.8 cm), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Woodward Foundation, 1976.108.109

Artwork Details

Fourth of July
3760 18 in. (94.0152.8 cm)
lower right in acrylic: A. Brockie Stevenson 1971 stretcher upper right in brush and ink: 37x 60 " F29/A.Brockie Stevenson/ Fourth of July /Acrylic/1971 stretcher inner edge center left in pen and ink: F-29 Fourth of July 1971 37 x 60 Acrylic A.Brockie Stevenson
Credit Line
Gift of the Woodward Foundation
Mediums Description
acrylic on canvas
  • Exterior
  • Ceremony — holiday — Fourth of July
  • Object — other — flag
  • Architecture Exterior — domestic — house
Object Number

Artwork Description

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.