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Maker(s):Baum, Mark
Culture:American, born in Poland, (1903-1997)
Title:Mid Valley, Pennsylvania Coal Breakers
Date Made:1951
Materials:oil on canvas
Measurements:Frame: 27 x 31 1/4 in; 68.6 x 79.4 cm; Stretcher: 26 in x 30 in; 66 cm x 76.2 cm
Accession Number:  AC 2013.64
Credit Line:Gift of Paul F. Baum and William M. Baum in memory of their father
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

Label Text:
Baum painted Pennsylvania coal mines during a period of professional crisis brought on by his profound disenchantment with what was then the predominant style, Abstract Expressionism. He discovered the region’s somber landscape by accident, when a miner assisted him with car trouble. The unyielding gray geometry of this industrial scenery not only inspired Baum to return to painting; it also lay the foundation for his later abstract work, composed of repeated shapes arrayed in (directionally and spiritually) uplifting patterns.

EEB, 2014

cities; industries; labor; urban; landscapes

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