Dallas Museum of Art
This painting is from a series that Charles Demuth began in 1919 of buildings in his hometown of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Dynamically combining two ways of seeing, the artist joined the shifting planes of cubism – here represented by the diagonal lines incising the surface of the canvas – with the recognizable world of silos, water towers, and smokestacks. The painting’s tactile surface contrasts vividly with Demuth’s precise draftsmanship. His masterful touch with color and design is evident. For the series, Demuth experimented with wallboard typically used in home construction, a practice confirmed by the manufacture’s stamp on the reverse of the panel.