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Gold Mining, Cripple Creek

1929 Ernest Lawson Born: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada 1873 Died: Miami, Florida 1939 oil on canvas 40 x 50 1/8 in. (101.6 x 127.4 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Bequest of Henry Ward Ranger through the National Academy of Design 1949.10.2 Smithsonian American Art Museum
2nd Floor, East Wing


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Ernest Lawson chose to crop the view of Cripple Creek Mining Camp in Colorado so that the craggy mountain overpowers the space. When Lawson came west from New York City, he had trouble with the vastly different landscape, and complained that "he couldn't feel the place, . . . it was too bleak [and] forbidding." He fought against the dizziness and shortness of breath brought on by Colorado's high altitudes, and crafted numerous scenes of the dramatic landscape. This painting won Lawson a prize at the National Academy of Design, the last major award of his career. (Leeds, Ernest Lawson, 2000)

Keywords

Architecture - industry - mine

Landscape - bird's eye view

Landscape - Colorado

Landscape - mountain

Landscape - river - Cripple Creek

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About Ernest Lawson

Born: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada 1873 Died: Miami, Florida 1939

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