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Georgetown Waterfront

1934 Rowland Lyon 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 1974.89.5 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 38A


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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.

Keywords

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.

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About Rowland Lyon

Born: Washington, District of Columbia 1904 Died: Washington, District of Columbia 1966

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