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Oil Refinery--Fort Worth, Texas

1934 Pattie Richardson East Born: Hardesty, Oklahoma 1894 Died: Benbrook, Texas 1994 oil on canvas 36 1/8 x 48 1/8 in. (91.9 x 122.3 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Transfer from the U.S. Department of Labor 1964.1.120 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 37B


Luce Center Label

Pattie Richardson East painted Oil Refinery at a time when Americans turned to industry as their only hope to break out of the Great Depression. The large oil refinery in this image, with its full silos and active smokestacks, is encompassing. The stark landscape hints at years of active use. In the early part of the twentieth century this was a common scene in the Texas landscape. East created this painting while working for the government-sponsored Public Works of Art Project (PWAP), which paid artists to create works for public display. The PWAP was one of numerous federal aid programs created under President Roosevelt's New Deal. The painting once hung in a Fort Worth high school near the artist's home and was exhibited at the Corcoran Gallery of Art's 1934 exhibition in Washington, D.C., on PWAP artists.

Keywords

Architecture - industry - refinery

Architecture - industry - storage tank

Landscape - Texas - Fort Worth

New Deal - Public Works of Art Project - Texas

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About Pattie Richardson East

Born: Hardesty, Oklahoma 1894 Died: Benbrook, Texas 1994