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Maurice Kish

American Art

On View: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, The City and the Rise of the Modern Woman, 1900–1945
Like many artists at work in the 1930s, Maurice Kish was a labor activist whose subject matter revealed his sympathy for industrial workers. At the time he painted this canvas, Kish was a resident of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. He often focused his attention on the massive and filthy coal plants and factories that lined the nearby East River. Here, industrial sites tower over faceless laborers, and all is described in the dull, dark tones indicative of the harsh monotony of their lives.
MEDIUM Oil on canvas
DATES 1932-1933
DIMENSIONS frame: 41 x 35 x 2 in. (104.1 x 88.9 x 5.1 cm)
SIGNATURE Signed lower left: "Maurice Kish"
CREDIT LINE Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Harold M. Levy
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