Born: Washington, District of Columbia 1904
Died: Washington, District of Columbia 1966
oil on canvas 26 1/8 x 40 in. (66.3 x 101.5 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Transfer from the General Services Administration
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 38A
Luce Center Label
Rowland Lyon lived in Washington, D.C., his entire life. Even though he traveled abroad often, he always enjoyed painting images of his hometown. In Georgetown Waterfront, the landscape is divided into three horizontal bands: the buildings lining the Georgetown waterfront, their rippling reflections in the Potomac River, and the bare winter landscape in the foreground on the Virginia side of the river. During the 1930s, in the midst of the Great Depression, Americans saw factories and smokestacks as symbols of the country's economic recovery. Lyon painted a row of silos, buildings, and chimneys in bright, cheerful colors to celebrate industry as an essential part of the American landscape.
Architecture - industry - factory
Cityscape - District of Columbia - Georgetown
Cityscape - District of Columbia - Washington
Cityscape - river - Potomac River
New Deal - Public Works of Art Project - Washington, D.C.
paint - oil
fabric - canvas