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The Tornado
  • John Steuart Curry
    born: Dunavant, Kansas, United States ; died: Madison, Wisconsin, United States
  • The Tornado, 1932
  • Where object was made: United States
  • lithograph
  • Paper Type: wove
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 254 x 360 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 280 x 403 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 10 x 14 1/8 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 11 x 15 7/8 in
    Mat Dimensions: 16 x 20 in
  • Gift of Steven Schmidt, Class of 1958
  • Not on display
  • 1999.0296
Catalogue raisonné

An entire family (including cat, dog, and puppies) heads for the cellar, or “cave,” which also served as a place to keep provisions cool. In the background is a metal windmill, which at the time would have been a modern improvement on the wooden windmill. (Farm family running to cellar at right, tornado upper left.)