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Ralston Crawford
Buffalo Grain Elevators
1937
oil
40 1/4 x 50 1/4 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum



The huge grain elevators lining the waterfront in Buffalo, New York, fascinated Crawford, who transformed bridges, factories, and other modern industrial structures into volumes and planes. Here he contrasts the massive cylinders of the elevators with the thin lines of the pitched roof in the foreground, the delicate rungs of a ladder, and a series of gently sloping wires.