Carl Gaertner

(Cleveland, Ohio, 1898 - 1952, Willoughby, Ohio)

Riverside Plant

c. 1927 - 1928

Oil on canvas

35 1/4 x 41 1/4 in. (89.7 x 104.9 cm)

Collection of the Akron Art Museum

Gift of Carol and Michael Sherwin


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Blast furnaces and outbuildings of a steel mill nestle along the banks of a river in this image that probably represents the hilly areas around Pittsburg or southern Ohio. Encouraged by art critics to highlight the Midwest's expanding industrial economy, Gaertner and other Ohio artists were challenged by how to treat these new subjects. Gaertner often made his industrial scenes more picturesque by depicting the sites covered with snow and incorporating rich jewel tones.

Oil painting