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Industrial Composition

Edmund D. Lewandowski

American Art

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.
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"
CREDIT LINE Dick S. Ramsay Fund
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
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 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 41.513_cropped_SL1.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 41.513_cropped_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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