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Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas. Photography by Edward C. Robison III.

Night Repairs

Artist: Louis Lozowick (1892 - 1973)
Publisher: Works Progress Administration/Federal Art Project-New York City (1939 - 1943)
Date: 1939
Image: 11 13/16 × 8 13/16 in. (30 × 22.4 cm)
Sheet: 16 × 11 1/2 in. (40.6 × 29.2 cm)
Framed: 19 1/4 in. × 16 in. × 1 1/8 in.
Medium: Color lithograph
Credit Line: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas, 2012.282
l.l.: Federal Art Project / NYC WPA [stamp]

Signed: l.r.: Louis Lozowick '39
Not on View
Accession Number: 2012.282
ProvenanceDaniel Lebard, Brussels, Belgium; (Catherine E. Burns, Oakland, CA); purchased by Crystal Bridges Museum of Art, Bentonville, AR, 2012
Label TextIn the 1930s, artists found kinship with workers because they felt themselves to be working under conditions similar to those of their subjects. In Night Repairs, Louis Lozowick captures the visual drama of welders working at night on trolley tracks.

In 1936, the American Artists Congress—a group that included Ida Abelman, Rockwell Kent, and Lozowick—proclaimed that the American artist is not "an ornament of the pink-tea, a playboy companion of the dilettante patron, a remote hero with a famous name. He becomes, instead, a workman among workers. He paints murals on a scaffold of planks and ladders. He prints his etchings, lithographs, or woodblocks with hands which know ink and the rollers and wheels of his press. He works. He produces. He lives."