Automobile Industry (mural study, Detroit, Michigan Post Office)

  • William Gropper, Automobile Industry (mural study, Detroit, Michigan Post Office), 1940-1941, oil on fiberboard, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum acquisition, 1971.2

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These workers look like parts of a well-oiled machine as each man lends his strength to the task of building an automobile, the chief source of wages for the people of Detroit. William Gropper structured the composition so that the angles of the men's muscular bodies echo the steel beams overhead. He didn't paint the figures from life and instead used photographs of Life magazine together with his own imagination.

Title
Automobile Industry (mural study, Detroit, Michigan Post Office)
Artist
Date
1940-1941
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
18 7/8 x 46 5/8 in. (48.0 x 118.4 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum acquisition

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on fiberboard
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure group – male
  • Occupation – industry – automotive
  • Study – mural study
  • Architecture Interior – industry – factory
  • Landscape – Michigan – Detroit
  • New Deal – Treasury Section of Painting and Sculpture – Michigan
Object Number
1971.2
Palette
Linked Open Data
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