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The Last of the El
  • Jack Markow
    1905–1983
    born: London, England, United Kingdom ; died: Manasquan, New Jersey, United States
  • The Last of the El, 1939
  • Where object was made: United States
  • lithograph
  • Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 394 x 293 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 15 1/2 x 11 1/2 in
    Mat Dimensions: 19 x 14 in
  • Gift of the WPA Arts Project
  • Not on display
  • 0000.0237
Description

Elevated railroad structure. Two gaunt figures. With shard jagged lines and vacuum-like perspective, this artist suggests the desolation of Depression-ravaged cities. The lean gaunt figures, the vacant abandoned spaces and the shattered decaying structures all evoke a society in ruins.