Oil on canvas
Unframed: 105.8 x 153 cm (41 5/8 x 60 1/4 in.)
Gift of Mrs. Carl Gaertner 1953.371
Star Bakery—identified by the logo on the wagon—was a flourishing business in Cleveland at the time.
One of the most widely exhibited artists working in Cleveland, Gaertner specialized in painting the city and its environs. His favored subjects include scenes of Cleveland’s industrial heyday, including The Pie Wagon. In this painting, the artist focused attention on the laborers who spend their lunch break milling around a horse-drawn bakery wagon in the shadows of the hulking factories.
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