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Karl Fortess
Island Dock Yard
about 1934
oil
32 1/4 x 48 1/8 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the U.S. Department of Labor



Kingston Point Landing in New York, where Fortess painted Island Dock Yard, was a busy site of shipping and commerce. Although scenes of American industrial activity were often portrayed in the 1930s as emblems of hope in a jobless era, Fortess evoked hard times by choosing gray skies and a dark palette.