End of Day's Toil

  • Maurice Kish, End of Day's Toil, ca. 1932, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist, 1977.82.1

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End of Day's Toil captures dozens of men streaming out of two factories into a city street. A single street lamp casts an eerie glow over the snow-covered scene while smoke billows out of the factory smokestacks behind them. The men's bowed heads convey their exhaustion after a long, hard day's work, but the smoke serves as a reminder that they will have to return to the same tomorrow. Kish based the factory buildings in the foreground on New York's Domino Sugar factory, located on the East River and shown here with boats in the background. These were actually two separate buildings, but he added the covered walkway between them to unify his composition. Twenty years later, when he returned to the neighborhood, he was surprised to see that a covered walkway now did join the two buildings.

Title
End of Day's Toil
Artist
Date
ca. 1932
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
43 x 32 1/8 in. (109.2 x 81.5 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the artist

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Waterscape – harbor
  • Occupation – labor
  • Architecture – industry – factory
  • Cityscape – season – winter
  • Figure group
Object Number
1977.82.1
Palette
Linked Open Data
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