Train in Coal Town

  • Jack Savitsky, Train in Coal Town, 1968, oil on fiberboard, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson, 1986.65.137

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Jack Savitsky’s Train in Coal Town depicts a coal-fired passenger train traveling between Pottsville and Silver Creek, two well-known coal towns in Pennsylvania. Behind the smoky plume of the locomotive stand a blue-gray coal breaker and eight mill houses---the very houses that make up the painting's border. Savitsky conveys the sameness and unending work of the company town through his use of repetitive patterning and decorative elements. However, the lively colors and cheerful rural setting also reflect an energetic spirit within the miner community.
Title
Train in Coal Town
Artist
Date
1968
On View
Dimensions
31 1/4 x 47 3/4 in. (79.4 x 121.3 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on fiberboard
Classifications
Keywords
  • Landscape – Pennsylvania – Silver Creek
  • Landscape – town
  • Architecture – industry – mine
  • Architecture – vehicle – train
Object Number
1986.65.137
Palette
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