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Oil Refinery--Fort Worth, Texas

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Department
Painting and Sculpture
Date
1934
Object number
1964.1.120
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Pattie Richardson East painted Oil Refinery at a time when Americans turned to industry as their only hope to break out of the Great Depression. The large oil refinery in this image, with its full silos and active smokestacks, is encompassing. The stark landscape hints at years of active use. In the early part of the twentieth century this was a common scene in the Texas landscape. East created this painting while working for the government-sponsored Public Works of Art Project (PWAP), which paid artists to create works for public display. The PWAP was one of numerous federal aid programs created under President Roosevelt's New Deal. The painting once hung in a Fort Worth high school near the artist's home and was exhibited at the Corcoran Gallery of Art's 1934 exhibition in Washington, D.C., on PWAP artists.
Credit Line
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the U.S. Department of Labor
Artist
Pattie Richardson East, born Hardesty, OK 1894-died Benbrook, TX 1994
Topic
Architecture\industry\storage tank
Architecture\industry\refinery
Landscape\Texas\Fort Worth
New Deal\Public Works of Art Project\Texas
Medium
oil on canvas
Dimensions
36 1/8 x 48 1/8 in. (91.9 x 122.3 cm.)
Data Source
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Restrictions & Rights
Usage conditions apply
Type
Painting
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk7fac60d05-b8a9-4d04-a1b4-bdd2524d1db4
Record ID
saam_1964.1.120

Oil Refinery--Fort Worth, Texas

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