About this artwork
“Being a wet telegraph pole, some flying leaves and silver.” This is how Arthur Dove briefly described this painting, which juxtaposes the geometry of the pole in the extreme foreground against the curves of distant hills. Dove evoked the wetness of the scene by employing metallic paint on a steel plate; these unconventional materials makes the entire composition shimmer and shine. The varied brushwork and pulsating layers of color in the background further enliven the work’s appearance, suggesting that this industrial object has been subsumed into its natural setting.
- Arthur Dove
- Telegraph Pole
- United States (Artist's nationality:)
- Oil, metallic paint, and pencil, on steel plate
- signed, l.r.: "Dove"
- 71.1 × 50.5 cm (28 × 19 7/8 in.)
- Alfred Stieglitz Collection