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E. Dewey Albinson
Northern Minnesota Mine
1934
oil
40 x 50 1/8 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the U.S. Department of Labor



This brightly colored canvas by a native of Minnesota speaks to the productivity of American agriculture and industry. The curving sweep of the mine excavation in the background, the seedlings and mature crops in the foreground, and the cluster of figures beside the railroad tracks offer a positive view of Midwestern life even during the depths of the depression.