Georgetown Waterfront

  • Rowland Lyon, Georgetown Waterfront, 1934, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the General Services Administration, 1974.89.5

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Rowland Lyon lived in Washington, D.C., his entire life. Even though he traveled abroad often, he always enjoyed painting images of his hometown. In Georgetown Waterfront, the landscape is divided into three horizontal bands: the buildings lining the Georgetown waterfront, their rippling reflections in the Potomac River, and the bare winter landscape in the foreground on the Virginia side of the river. During the 1930s, in the midst of the Great Depression, Americans saw factories and smokestacks as symbols of the country's economic recovery. Lyon painted a row of silos, buildings, and chimneys in bright, cheerful colors to celebrate industry as an essential part of the American landscape.

Title
Georgetown Waterfront
Artist
Date
1934
On View
Dimensions
26 1/8 x 40 in. (66.3 x 101.5 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Transfer from the General Services Administration

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Architecture – industry – factory
  • Cityscape – District of Columbia – Washington
  • Cityscape – river – Potomac River
  • Cityscape – District of Columbia – Georgetown
  • New Deal – Public Works of Art Project – Washington, D.C.
Object Number
1974.89.5
Palette
Linked Open Data
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