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An abstract painting in brown, green and black.

The painting shows a background of brown and muted green divided in half vertically. In the foreground is a square of lighter reddish-brown on the left and dark brown on the right. The right side of the square extends out and turns back on itself in an arch. A straight white line rises from the light brown square at a slight angle to the left. A large disc is set slightly off-center to the right, it is divided vertically, the left half is light green, the right is black.

Identification and Creation

Object Number
Arthur G. Dove, American (Canandaigua, NY 1880 - 1946 Huntington, NY)
Flagpole, Apple Tree, and Garden
Work Type
Creation Place: North America, United States
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Level 1, Room 1310, Modern and Contemporary Art, Surrealism
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Physical Descriptions

Oil and wax emulsion on canvas
61 x 81.3 cm (24 x 32 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: l.c., in black paint: DOVE

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Saundra Lane in honor of William H. Lane, Harvard Class of 1937
Accession Year
Object Number
Modern and Contemporary Art

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Publication History

  • Arthur Dove: Retrospective Exhibition, exh. cat., Whitney Museum of American Art (1958-1959)
  • Daniel Catton Rich, Paintings and water colors by Arthur Dove: Lent by the William H. Lane Foundation, exh. cat., Worcester Art Museum (1961)
  • Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr. and Carol Troyen, The Lane Collection: 20th-Century Paintings in the American Tradition, exh. cat., Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Boston, MA, 1983), cat. 28, ill.
  • Ann Lee Morgan, Arthur Dove: Life and Work (1984), pp. 305-306, ill.
  • Debra Bricker Balken, William C. Agee, and Elizabeth Hutton Turner, Arthur Dove: A Retrospective, exh. cat., ed. M.E.D. Laing (1997), p. 167, ill.

Exhibition History

  • Re-View: European and American Art Since 1900, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 05/03/2011 - 06/01/2013
  • 32Q: 1310 Surrealism, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 10/14/2015 - 01/01/2050

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