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Ernest Lawson
Gold Mining, Cripple Creek
1929
oil
40 x 50 1/4 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Bequest of Henry Ward Ranger through the National Academy of Design



The palette of dark grays and blacks interwoven with vibrant colors, along with the heavy texture achieved by applying the paint with a palette knife, alludes to the grit and grime associated with the harsh toil of miners. Ernest Lawson painted this work in Cripple Creek, Colorado, a large gold-mining camp west of Colorado Springs, where he taught at an art academy.