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Across the Tracks

1934
20th century
90.8 x 125.4 cm (35 3/4 x 49 3/8 in.)

Niles Spencer (Pawtucket, Rhode Island, 1893 - 1952, Dingman's Ferry, Pennsylvania) Primary

Object Type: painting
Artist Nationality: North America, American
Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Gift of Mari and James A. Michener, 1991
            
               Accession Number:                1991.327             
            
Object Description: An industrial complex appears frozen in utter silence and stillness. In Across the Tracks, Niles Spencer presents an industrial scene composed of simple geometric forms deriving from the cylinder and cube. The artist has removed all that is superfluous, which, along with his application of monochromatic grays and browns, shortens the painting’s field of depth

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