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All Aboard: The Railroad in American Art

Presenting over fifty works by a broad cross-section of major artists, this new volume captures the huge and lasting impact of the railroad on American through the eyes of the artists who witnessed its expansion.

All Aboard is a ground-breaking book. In the early years of the nineteenth century artists including Thomas Cole and George Inness, of the Hudson River School, feared the impact of the railroad on the natural landscape; later artists were inspired by the newly opened-up landscapes of the West, including Albert Bierstadt and Theodore Kaufmann; others like George Bellows, Reginald Marsh, John Sloan, Edward Hopper, and Jacob Lawrence, were fascinated by movement of freight and people across the railroad network; Thomas Hart Benton, Ben Shahn, and Joe Jones's portrayals of railroad workers become emblems of the very backbone of America on which the country’s social and industrial expansion was built. Such industrial expansion is captured in the dramatic views of Pittsburgh and mid-west industry in paintings by Otto Kuhler, George Luks, and Charles Sheeler. And finally, there are a raft of artists for whom the railroad was both at the heart of a great new machine age, celebrated in paintings by John Marin, Joseph Stella, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Charles Goeller, but also the creator of a more lonely and alienated urban industrial world, most strongly captured in Edward Hopper’s railroad landscapes. Hardcover, 168 pages.

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