Wisconsin Ore Freighter

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Edmund Lewandowski (American, 1914–1998)
Wisconsin Ore Freighter, 1948
Oil on canvas
42 × 30 3/4 in. (106.68 × 78.11 cm)
Gift of Gimbel Bros. M1959.29
Photo credit: Larry Sanders
© Estate of Edmund Lewandowski
Currently on View

Wisconsin Ore Freighter celebrates the simple, colorful beauty of the working cargo vessels that shipped millions of tons of ore across the Great Lakes. The painting’s flat presentation and crisp lines emphasize the ship’s geometry and hard edges; the subject (particularly urban infrastructure such as bridges and factories) and its handling are characteristics of Precisionism, an early twentieth century style. A student at and later director of the Layton School of Art (the predecessor of the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design), Lewandowski worked in a variety of media and created the mosaic mural on the western face of the Milwaukee County War Memorial Center.

Publication History
Buchanan, Mel. Lewandowski's Mosaic Mural at the Milwauke County War Memorial Center. Entry posted November 23, 2012. (accessed October 28, 2014).

Leeds, Dr. Valerie Ann. Edmund Lewandowski: Precisionism and Beyond. Flint, MI: Flint Institute of Arts, 2010, p. 80, fig. 26.

Milwaukee Art Museum. 100 Years of Wisconsin Art. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Milwaukee Art Museum, 1988, cat. 64, color illus. p. 73.

Goldstein, Rosalie, ed. Guide to the Permanent Collection. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Milwaukee Art Museum, 1986, p. 186, b/w illus. p. 186.

Tsujimoto, Karen. Images of America: Precisionist Painting and Modern Photography. Seattle: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 1982, cat. no. 65, color illus. p. 56.

Walker Art Center. The Precisionist View in American Art. Minneapolis: Walker Art Center, 1960, cat. p. 56 and illus. p. 39.

Milwaukee Art Center. The Gimbel Art Collections Presented to the Milwaukee Art Center. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Milwaukee Art Center, 1959, no page.

Milwaukee Sentinel. Art Horizons Spread Far to Layton's Lewandowski. (September 12, 1954): profile section, p. 1.
Exhibition History
Edmund Lewandowski: Precisionism and Beyond, Winthrop Galleries, Winthrop University, Rock Hill, South Carolina, Septmeber 6–December 5, 2010; Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, Alabama, January 20–April 2, 2011; Flint Institute of Arts, Flint, Michigan, May 7–August 7, 2011; Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, Georgia, Setember 10–December 4, 2011.

Midwest Realities: Regional Painting, 1920–1950, Southern Ohio Museum, Marcy 25–May 15, 1995; Springfield Museum of Art, Springfield, Ohio, January 28–February 26, 1995; The Riffe Gallery, April 13–June 17, 1995.

Beyond Tomorrow: South Carolina Art in the 1939 New York World's Fair, South Carolina State Museum, May 14–August 20, 1989.

100 Years of Wisconsin Art, Milwaukee Art Museum, September 24–November 6, 1988.

The Layton School of Art Legacy, University Art Museum, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, October 3–December 16, 1984.

Images of America: Precisionist Painting and Modern Photography, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, September 9–November 7, 1982, traveled to other venues through October 9, 1983.

The Precisionist View in American Art, Walker Art Center, November 13–December 25, 1960.

Milton College Festival of Arts, Milton, Wisconsin, May 2–17 1959.

Wisconsin State Centennial Art Exposition, Wisconsin State Fair Grounds, West Allis, Wisconsin, August 7–29, 1948. (title as Ore Freighter; first prize)

This information is subject to change as the result of ongoing research.