Fourth of July

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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.
Credit Line
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Woodward Foundation
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department
Painting and Sculpture
On View
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 44B
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor
1971
Object number
1976.108.109
Artist
A. Brockie Stevenson, born Upper Moreland, PA 1919-died Glen Echo, MD 2009
Topic
Ceremony\holiday\Fourth of July
Object\other\flag
Architecture Exterior\domestic\house
Medium
acrylic on canvas
Dimensions
37 x 60 1/8 in. (94.0 x 152.8 cm)
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Type
Painting