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The Builders

ca. 1934-1935 Charles F. Quest Born: Troy, New York 1904 Died: Tryon, North Carolina 1993 oil on canvas 36 x 52 in. (91.5 x 132.1 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Transfer from the U.S. Department of Labor 1964.1.1 Not currently on view


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This painting shows a group of busy workers on a building site, mixing mortar, hanging cabinets, and carrying supplies. Charles F. Quest was a sculptor and printmaker as well as a painter, and enjoyed the satisfaction of making things with his hands. Here, he painted a cheerful view of construction workers that celebrates physical labor and teamwork. The thick, gritty paint evokes the sand, cement, and rough-hewn wood of an unfinished building.

Keywords

Figure group - male

Occupation - industry - construction

New Deal - Public Works of Art Project - Missouri

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About Charles F. Quest

Born: Troy, New York 1904 Died: Tryon, North Carolina 1993

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