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End of Day's Toil

ca. 1932 Maurice Kish Born: Dvinsk, Russia 1895 Died: New York, New York 1987 oil on canvas 43 x 32 1/8 in. (109.2 x 81.5 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the artist 1977.82.1 Not currently on view


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End of Day's Toil captures dozens of men streaming out of two factories into a city street. A single street lamp casts an eerie glow over the snow-covered scene while smoke billows out of the factory smokestacks behind them. The men's bowed heads convey their exhaustion after a long, hard day's work, but the smoke serves as a reminder that they will have to return to the same tomorrow. Kish based the factory buildings in the foreground on New York's Domino Sugar factory, located on the East River and shown here with boats in the background. These were actually two separate buildings, but he added the covered walkway between them to unify his composition. Twenty years later, when he returned to the neighborhood, he was surprised to see that a covered walkway now did join the two buildings.

Keywords

Architecture - industry - factory

Cityscape - season - winter

Figure(s) in exterior - industry

Occupation - labor

Waterscape - harbor

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About Maurice Kish

Born: Dvinsk, Russia 1895 Died: New York, New York 1987

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