About this artwork
When Arthur Dove first exhibited Telegraph Pole at Alfred Stieglitz’s gallery An American Place in 1930, the artist wrote that his painting depicted “a wet telegraph pole, some flying leaves, and silver.” He evoked the shininess of the wet pole by painting his work on a steel plate. Although he frequently experimented with metallic effects and nontraditional materials, Dove only rarely depicted such modern subjects. Here the gleam of the steel emphasizes the newness of the telegraph pole, which, with its hard geometric edges, contrasts with the timeless, organic curves of the natural landscape behind it.
- Arthur Dove
- Telegraph Pole
- United States
- 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