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Aaron Harry Gorson (American, 1872–1933)


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Aaron Harry Gorson (American, 1872–1933)
Bridge Across A River, ca. 1903-21

Oil on board
MSU purchase, funded by the Friends of Kresge Art Museum, 2008.29










The Virgin Crowded by Angels

The Friends of Kresge board voted at the December 15, 2008 meeting to purchase Bridge Across the River by Aaron Harry Gorson (American, 1872-1933) in honor of the museum's 50th anniversary. A classically trained painter, Gorson lived in Pittsburgh from 1903 until 1921, providing relative dates for the painting. He became known for his moody, tonal depictions of steel mills and the rivers of Pittsburgh. Here, the scene unfolds in layers; the railroad tracks, line of receding telephone poles, river, bridge and distant steel mill. They are enveloped in the grey, damp misty winter light. As a gritty, industrial image this painting provides a narrative about typical Midwest cities in the first half of the 20th century. Another Pittsburgh scene by Gorson was included in the Great Lakes painting show in the fall. KAM's Gorson will be used in the museum's successor tours to Picturing America .


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