Charles Demuth’s desire to create a new, modern, and quintessentially American art led him to explore the industrial sites of his hometown, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, for subject matter. In a series of paintings known as “industrials,” he transformed a seemingly mundane, unartful subject—the American factory—into an eloquent artistic statement. By paring down the smokestacks, water towers, and grain elevators to their elemental, streamlined shapes, he imbued them with a monumentality, elegance, and grandeur.


  • Title: Chimney and Water Tower
  • Creator: Charles Demuth
  • Creator Lifespan: 1883/1935
  • Creator Nationality: American
  • Creator Gender: male
  • Creator Death Place: Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  • Creator Birth Place: Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  • Date Created: 1931
  • Physical Dimensions: w61 x h76.2 cm
  • Type: paintings
  • Rights: Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas
  • External Link: Amon Carter Museum of American Art
  • Medium: Oil on composition board

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