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Steam Roller

1931
20th century
60 cm x 44 cm (23 5/8 in. x 17 5/16 in.)

Louis Lozowick (Luvinovka, Ukraine, 1892 - 1973, South Orange, New Jersey) 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, Michener Acquisitions Fund, 1969
            
               Accession Number:                P1969.17.1             
            
Object Description: An urban worker stands at the center of an image of urban construction and heavy industry. While the large scale of the machines dominate the canvas, the central placement of the man suggests that he is the focus of the image. Louis Lozowick explored the role of machines in modern American culture and the relationship between machines and humanity. He believed in a "machine aesthetic,” which dictates that art of an industrial society should employ the visual language of industry. The meticulous line in Steam Roller is characteristic of Precisionism, a style of painting that gives works a sharply defined and almost machine-made appearance.

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