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Third Avenue Elevated #4

1952
19 13/16 x 12 7/8 in. (50.3 x 32.7 cm)

Ralston Crawford
American (St. Catherines, Ontario, 9/5/1906 - 4/27/1978, New York, NY)

Object Type: Print
Medium and Support: Color Lithograph
Credit Line: Gift of Isabel C. Herdle in memory of Hilda Altschule Coates
Accession Number: 1983.9
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Location: Not currently on view

Edition: 35/45


Ralston Crawford believed that the “emancipation of the times” would be attained through industrialization. His earlier Precisionist style and his ongoing preoccupation with industry, the machine, and speed can be seen in his painting Whitestone Bridge, 1939-40, in the Memorial Art Galley collection (accession number 51.2).

By the time he created this print, Third Avenue El #4, Crawford’s style had become significantly more abstract. Here he captures the ubiquitous vertical steel pylons that support elevated train tracks throughout New York City neighborhoods.

[label text for Modern Icon: The Machine As Subject in American Art exhibition, February 3 – March 6, 2012]

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