Images of Industry

Industrial subject matter has fascinated artists since the dawn of the industrial revolution in eighteenth-century Europe. Artistic responses have run the gamut from representing the sites of industrial activity with awe and wonder, to ennobling the labor of industrial workers, to highlighting the environmental impact of industry and industrial by-products. The following works from the Museum’s collections represent a cross section of such artistic responses, which offer a historical context to the exhibition Rouge: Michael Kenna.

  • 48211
    Charles François Daubigny, French, 1817–1878
    The Threshing Machine
    x1935-1569
  • 8800
    school of Raphael, Italian, 1483–1520
    A Papal audience; Verso: study of a machine: anatomical study of the male leg and its bones
    x1951-110
  • 52865
    Printed by Bartlett and Company, American, 1888–1932
    Hand and machine, ca. 1905
    2007-115
  • 12552
    Lewis Wickes Hine, American, 1874–1940
    Sadie Pfeifer, 48 inches high, has worked half a year. One of the many small children at work in Lancaster Cotton Mills, 1908
    x1973-28
  • 12553
    Lewis Wickes Hine, American, 1874–1940
    Adolescent Girl, a Spinner, in a Carolina Cotton Mill, 1908
    x1973-29
  • 12556
    Lewis Wickes Hine, American, 1874–1940
    Operator in Old-Time Cotton Mill, 1910
    x1973-31
  • 12559
    Lewis Wickes Hine, American, 1874–1940
    An Industrial Design, 1920
    x1973-34
  • 12561
    Lewis Wickes Hine, American, 1874–1940
    Man with Wrench, 1920
    x1973-35
  • 12574
    Lewis Wickes Hine, American, 1874–1940
    Man on girders, mooring mast, Empire State Building, ca. 1931
    x1973-44
  • 12576
    Lewis Wickes Hine, American, 1874–1940
    Derrick Man, ca. 1931
    x1973-46
  • 12577
    Lewis Wickes Hine, American, 1874–1940
    Guiding a beam, Empire State Building, ca. 1931
    x1973-47
  • 12579
    Lewis Wickes Hine, American, 1874–1940
    Working on the Mooring Mast, ca. 1931
    x1973-49
  • 12568
    Lewis Wickes Hine, American, 1874–1940
    Laying a Great Beam on the Empire State Building, 1930
    x1973-41
  • 12563
    Lewis Wickes Hine, American, 1874–1940
    Machinist
    x1973-37
  • 12564
    Lewis Wickes Hine, American, 1874–1940
    Machine Shop
    x1973-38
  • 12567
    Lewis Wickes Hine, American, 1874–1940
    Skilled Mechanic in Railroad Shops
    x1973-40
  • 12569
    Lewis Wickes Hine, American, 1874–1940
    Laying a Great Beam on the Empire State
    x1973-42
  • 12570
    Lewis Wickes Hine, American, 1874–1940
    Man on girders, mooring mast, Empire State Building
    x1973-43
  • 12575
    Lewis Wickes Hine, American, 1874–1940
    Steelworker Signalling
    x1973-45
  • 12578
    Lewis Wickes Hine, American, 1874–1940
    Three Steelworkers
    x1973-48