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One of the younger Precisionist artists, Edmund Lewandowski celebrated the industrialized landscapes of his native Midwest. In this watercolor, he reduced the factory structures of the Allis-Chalmers complex (an agricultural machinery manufactory outside of Milwaukee, Wisconsin) to a flattened, abstracted arrangement of geometric shapes. Despite its limited palette and lack of a human presence, Industrial Composition evinces a sense of vitality through the syncopated patterns of lines and planes.
- Artist: Edmund D. Lewandowski, American, 1914-1998
- Medium: Watercolor over graphite on off-white, moderately thick, rough-textured wove paper
- Dates: 1939
- Dimensions: 21 15/16 x 29 15/16 in. (55.7 x 76 cm) Frame: 28 x 36 x 1 1/2 in. (71.1 x 91.4 x 3.8 cm) (show scale)
- Markings: Partial watermark: "HAYLE MILL LINEN-5"; Countermark: "HANDMADE / HANDMADE"; Partial embossed stamp: "Line / Grumbac"
- Signature: Signed and dated lower right: "E. D. Lewandowski 1939"
- Collections:American Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 41.513
- Credit Line: Dick S. Ramsay Fund
- Rights Statement: © artist or artist's estate
- Caption: Edmund D. Lewandowski (American, 1914-1998). Industrial Composition, 1939. Watercolor over graphite on off-white, moderately thick, rough-textured wove paper, 21 15/16 x 29 15/16 in. (55.7 x 76 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Dick S. Ramsay Fund, 41.513. © artist or artist's estate
- Record Completeness: Best (84%)