Telegraph Pole

A work made of oil, metallic paint, and pencil, on steel plate.

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  • A work made of oil, metallic paint, and pencil, on steel plate.

Date:

1929

Artist:

Arthur Dove
American, 1880–1946

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.

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American Art

Artist

Arthur Dove

Title

Telegraph Pole

Origin

United States

Date

1929

Medium

Oil, metallic paint, and pencil, on steel plate

Inscriptions

signed, l.r.: "Dove"

Dimensions

71.1 × 50.5 cm (28 × 19 7/8 in.)

Credit Line

Alfred Stieglitz Collection

Reference Number

1949.535

Extended information about this artwork

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