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Abandoned Railroad

1940
27 1/2 x 39 1/2 in. (69.9 x 100.3 cm)

Whitney F. Hoyt
American (Rochester, NY, 1910 - 1980)

Object Type: Painting
Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: Purchased through Anonymous Gift and Gallery Funds from the Marion Stratton Gould Fund
Accession Number: 1942.20
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Location: Not currently on view

Rochester artist Whitney Hoyt skillfully used light, line, and composition to create this moody rumination on the relationship between technology and nature. Decades after he painted Abandoned Railroad, Hoyt continued to find his muse in the landscape. He wrote in November 1966, “I enjoy walking in the woods and fields. The mood, the atmosphere of things growing, of things decaying delight me . . . At heart I am a pantheist. Despite the computer, humanism is not dead.”

[Label text from It Came From the Vault exhibition, 2013]

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Artist's signature, lower right: W. F. Hoyt

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