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Louis Lozowick

pencil and charcoal pencil
16 x 8 1/2 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase

Lozowick's fascination with bridges reveals the technological optimism that swept across America after World War I. He also recognized the opportunity they offered for his own desire to combine abstraction and representation in his art: "There is no theoretical reason why the technical gains of abstraction cannot be used in the representation of an actual scene . . . If the graphic artist can avoid the danger of ornamental abstraction on the one hand and photographic realism on the other, if he can apply the force of new technical equipment to the wealth of new themes, no prospect for what he might accomplish would be too hopeful."