Collection of the University of Pittsburgh Art Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA. Gift of The Gimbel Brothers, Inc.
1959.GIMBEL.41
William Gropper (1897-1977)

Wagonload of Corn

October 1 1947 (Date published)
1946 - 1947 (Date created)
Medium
Oil
Technique
Painting
Type
Paintings
Dimensions
29 in W x 19 in H (Frame)
21.75 in W x 18.25 in H (Image)
Culture
American
Description
One figure with hat stnading in horse drawn wagon of corn talkng to another hatted figure with pitchrfork outside a barn, bushel of corn to left of wagon.
Exhibition Label
"While wheat is the leading Pennsylvania farm crop, corn is second in importance, and first in value. Grains, collected at Reading, were floated to market down the Schuylkill River to Philadelphia as early as 1750. Modern truck farms have developed near the larger cities to supply the demand of metropolitan areas. Pennsylvania is among the first twelve states in the country in the production of corn." (D. Grafty, "Pennsylvania as Artists See it: The Gimbel PA Art Collection", 1948)
Status
In Collection
Provenance
ca. 1959, University Art Gallery Gift of Mr. Steve Osterweis, President of Gimbel Brothers, Inc., Pittsburgh, Pa. ca. 1946-1959, Gimbel Brothers, Inc. Gimbel Pennsylvania Art Collection #69
Bibliography
Catalog of October 1, 1947 (first publication of the paintings) D. Grafty, "Pennsylvania as Artists See it: The Gimbel PA Art Collection", 1948 R. Gigler, "Pittsburgh's Man of Steel", Pittsburgh Press Roto, August 12, 1979. O. Francis, "The Saga of Joe Magarac Steelman", Scribner's Magazine, nov. 1931. Roy Kahn, "Real Pittsburgh: Just an Average Joe", Pittsburgh Magazine, nov. 1985, 17-18. Pittsburgh Sun-Telegraph, Feb. 25, 1948 John Oliver La Gorce, "Artists Look At Pennsylvania", National Geographic Magazine Catalogue from March 1959 when the collection was presented at the new University Student Union at Pitt (formerly Schenley Hotel).

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Related Terms
Corporate commissions
Western Pennsylvania
Social
Farming