The Builders

  • 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

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.

Title
The Builders
Artist
Date
ca. 1934-1935
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
3652 in. (91.5132.1 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

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
Palette
Linked Open Data
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