Construction of the Dam (study for mural, the Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C.)

  • William Gropper, Construction of the Dam (study for mural, the Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C.), 1938, oil, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, 1965.18.11A-C

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William Gropper proposed this mural for the Department of the Interior building in Washington, D.C. He based the image on visits to the Grand Coulee Dam on the Columbia River and the Davis Dam on the Colorado River. Gropper organized the composition in three parts to accommodate a second-floor lobby wall divided by two marble pilasters. Each scene represents different phases of construction to show the drama, danger, and massive scale of the dam projects overseen by the government.

Title
Construction of the Dam (study for mural, the Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C.)
Artists
Date
1938
On View
Dimensions
overall: 27 1/4 x 87 1/4 in. (69.2 x 221.7 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Transfer from the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service

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Classifications
Keywords
  • Study – mural study
  • Architecture – industry – waterwork
  • Landscape – mountain
  • Figure group – male
  • Occupation – industry – construction
  • New Deal – Treasury Section of Painting and Sculpture – Washington, D.C.
Object Number
1965.18.11A-C
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