View of the Gas Works from Lower Island on the Grand

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19.75 in x 15.5 in x ;26" x 22"
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Historical Context
Tucked away behind a scene with fenced trees and a horse drawn carriage, this work represents one of the few times Alten painted the modernization of the Michigan landscape. The Grand Rapids Gas Light Company, iconic for its tall smokestacks and large round buildings, was incorporated in 1857 and allowed many local businesses to be lit by gas. Alten’s choice to use dark, almost gloomy colors in the painting aptly reflect his feelings towards the nationwide move towards industrialization.
View of horses pulling a green cart along a river. Two leafless trees in front. In the distance is a view of the Grand Rapids Gas Works
Gift of George H. and Barbara Gordon

Painting Origin

Grand Rapids