Jan 17, 2014

The People Work: Night

The People Work: Night


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Benton Spruance

(American, 1904-1967)


Support: Medium weight, mould-made wove paper

Platemark: 34.6 x 48.1 cm (13 5/8 x 18 15/16 in.); Sheet: 40.8 x 58.2 cm (16 1/16 x 22 15/16 in.)

Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 2006.114.4

Catalogue raisonné: Fine and Looney 144

Edition: 40

Did you know?

This series of lithographs shows the artist Benton Spruance’s affinity for Mexican mural painting by such artists as Diego Rivera.


These unusual cross-section views of New York City imagine the daily commute in the big city as a beehive or ant colony that never stops. Morning is the subway commute, while Noon presents dock workers on break during a bustling lunch hour. Evening is back to the subway with the buses running overhead. And Night shows workers performing maintenance while others enjoy time off at a bar, only to start all over again the next day. Jammed with commuters both above and below street level, the series highlights the intermingling of strangers that animates urban life.

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PR - Lithograph
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