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Douglass Crockwell
Paper Workers
1934
oil
48 1/4 x 36 1/8 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the U.S. Department of Labor



In this imposing image of four paper-mill workers, Crockwell pays homage to the skilled laborers who powered the country's recovery from the depression. The geometric forms of the figures balance the cylindrical shapes of the rolling equipment they operate, linking people and machines in productive partnership.