Born of Fire: The Valley of Work

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Drawn from an era that saw Pittsburgh’s ascension to the height of industrial prowess in the United States and the world, the art in Born of Fire depicts all the drama and awe inspired by that epic age of industry.

In the first half of the twentieth century, as smokestacks filled the sky and blast furnaces roared day and night, local and national artists sought to capture the raw energy and visual spectacle of the industrial landscape. The tools and fruits of industry became the glorified subjects of art—railroads, skyscrapers, bridges, steel mills, factories, forges, and laborers are among those portrayed. The collection is also significant for its broad range of artistic styles, and includes a variety of media: pencil drawings, etchings, lithographs, pastels, oil paintings, watercolors and photographs. Among the artists represented are Thomas Hart Benton, Reginald Marsh, Aaron Harry Gorson, Emil Bott, Otto Kuhler, Hayley Lever, Ernest Lawson, and Johanna Knowles Woodwell Hailman.

Born of Fire catalogs a monumental period in the history of both art and industry, and provides a widely varied collection of artists and images that ennobled the spirit of human achievement.

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Barbara L. Jones is curator of the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg, Pennsylvania.

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”A remarkable book that presents a powerful narrative of one of the most significant industrial regions in the nation and in the world. It is an important cultural history that simultaneously covers the human side of steelmaking while documenting the region’s national role in that area over the course of one and one-half centuries.”
—Industrial Archeology

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