Watercolor with gouache over black chalk
Support: Yellow-brown wove paper (discolored to a darker yellow-brown)
Sheet: 45.7 x 60.3 cm (18 x 23 3/4 in.)
Bequest of Mrs. Henry A. Everett for the Dorothy Burnham Everett Memorial Collection 1938.125
Pop Hart led a nomadic life, supporting himself through the sale of his paintings. During the 1920s, however, he settled near Fort Lee, New Jersey, where he worked as a scene painter for the movie studios. At his best in watercolor, Pop Hart liked to splash pools of color over a hasty pencil sketch, allowing the accidental flow of pigment to become part of the effect. This watercolor of fireworks hovers between a naturalistic scene and an abstract color explosion.
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