Logging Vignette

Date Created
circa 1920
Work Medium
8.875 in x 11.875 in
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Historical Context
This is a preliminary sketch Alten did for one of the covers he was commissioned to paint by The Commonwealth: A Magazine for Workers, depicting loggers moving timber down the river. In the pieces he created for the magazine, Alten embraced some modernity and romanticized booming Grand Rapids businesses. For example, industry is celebrated with rich roaring infernos and grinding metal wheels of machinery in some of the other images he produced for The Commonwealth.
Double sided sketch. On side B, the sketch is divided into different sections with various work scenes such as men in boats and men outside churches.
Gift of Gloria Alten Gregory

Painting Origin

Grand Rapids