This lithograph was executed by Louis Lozowick in 1936 as a preliminary design for a mural that the artist executed for the New York City General Post Office. Lozowick remained devoted to the lthography medium. Within that framework he has explored and re-explored the urban landscape. He has used the lithograph stone, for example, to produce stark contrasts between great areas of velvety darkness and wide expanses of pure white.
Lozowick carried on a continuing study of industrial and urban America. At varying times he dealt with such images as skylines, bridges or machinery. He also dealt extensively with the lives of people living and working in twentieth century environments. Other evidence of diversity within Lozowick's career are the fact that he was also a painter, an accomplished author, and an authority on Russian art. Additionally, in the 1920's he was involved with experimental stage design.
This lithograph is part of a small group of artwork in the Treasury Collection that dates from the time when the Treasury Department was responsible for government-sponsored art projects during Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal. The collection includes lithographs, watercolors, engravings and oil paintings, which represent American scenes from all parts of the country.
Last Updated: December 12, 2008