Train in Coal Town

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Jack Savitsky’s Train in Coal Town depicts a coal-fired passenger train traveling between Pottsville and Silver Creek, two well-known coal towns in Pennsylvania. Behind the smoky plume of the locomotive stand a blue-gray coal breaker and eight mill houses---the very houses that make up the painting's border. Savitsky conveys the sameness and unending work of the company town through his use of repetitive patterning and decorative elements. However, the lively colors and cheerful rural setting also reflect an energetic spirit within the miner community.
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department
Painting and Sculpture
On View
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 22A
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor
1968
Object number
1986.65.137
Credit Line
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson
Artist
Jack Savitsky, born Silver Creek, PA 1910-died Coaldale, PA 1991
Topic
Architecture\industry\mine
Architecture\vehicle\train
Landscape\town
Landscape\Pennsylvania\Silver Creek
Medium
oil on fiberboard
Dimensions
31 1/4 x 47 3/4 in. (79.4 x 121.3 cm.)
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Type
Painting
Folk Art