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Part of Modern and Contemporary Art
Thomas Hart Benton (American, Neosho, Missouri 1889–1975 Kansas City, Missouri)
Date: 1943Accession Number: 43.159.1
Marianne Brandt (German, Chemnitz 1893–1984 Kirchberg)
Date: ca. 1924Accession Number: 2000.63a-c
Edward Hopper (American, Nyack, New York 1882–1967 New York)
Date: 1930Accession Number: 31.62
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The Industrial Revolution, which began in Britain in the eighteenth century, continued to transform society and work in the early twentieth century. Painters and sculptors celebrated these feats of industrial might and innovation, incorporating the streamlined forms and contours of assembly-line production into their imagery. Many artists with leftist political leanings exalted physical work rather than industry and tended to identify personally with laborers.
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