Oil Refinery--Fort Worth, Texas

  • Pattie Richardson East, Oil Refinery--Fort Worth, Texas, 1934, oil, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the U.S. Department of Labor, 1964.1.120

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Pattie Richardson East painted Oil Refinery at a time when Americans turned to industry as their only hope to break out of the Great Depression. The large oil refinery in this image, with its full silos and active smokestacks, is encompassing. The stark landscape hints at years of active use. In the early part of the twentieth century this was a common scene in the Texas landscape. East created this painting while working for the government-sponsored Public Works of Art Project (PWAP), which paid artists to create works for public display.

Title
Oil Refinery--Fort Worth, Texas
Artists
Date
1934
On View
Dimensions
36 1/8 x 48 1/8 in. (91.9 x 122.3 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Transfer from the U.S. Department of Labor

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Classifications
Keywords
  • New Deal – Public Works of Art Project – Texas
  • Architecture – industry – refinery
  • Landscape – Texas – Fort Worth
  • Architecture – industry – storage tank
Object Number
1964.1.120
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