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Tyrone Comfort
Gold Is Where You Find It
1934
oil
40 1/8 x 50 1/8 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service



Comfort, a California artist sponsored by government art programs during the 1930s, emphasizes the difficulties of working underground through the tight positioning of this miner within the composition. A powerful statement about the working conditions of California's miners, the canvas was selected to hang in the White House by President and Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt, who wished to demonstrate the importance of art in a democratic society.