The Builders

Media - 1964.1.1 - SAAM-1964.1.1_1 - 1710
Copied Charles F. Quest, The Builders, ca. 1934-1935, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the U.S. Department of Labor, 1964.1.1

Artwork Details

Title
The Builders
Date
ca. 1934-1935
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
3652 in. (91.5132.1 cm)
Credit Line
Transfer from the U.S. Department of Labor
Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Occupation — industry — construction
  • New Deal — Public Works of Art Project — Missouri
  • Figure group — male
Object Number
1964.1.1

Artwork Description

This painting shows a group of busy workers on a building site, mixing mortar, hanging cabinets, and carrying supplies. Charles F. Quest was a sculptor and printmaker as well as a painter, and enjoyed the satisfaction of making things with his hands. Here, he painted a cheerful view of construction workers that celebrates physical labor and teamwork. The thick, gritty paint evokes the sand, cement, and rough-hewn wood of an unfinished building.