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Title: Pouring Steel
Name: Lithograph
Date: 1935
Period: Depression Era
Medium: Lithograph on paper
Country/Culture: American
Dimensions: 12 1/4 x 15 in. (31.1 x 38.1 cm)
Signed: Minnetta Good in pencil, lower right
Classification: Prints and Printing Plates
Credit Line: Transfer from the Art and Design Department, Iowa State University. In the permanent collection, Brunnier Art Museum, University Museums, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.
Object Number: UM82.225
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Two figures in goggles and gloves pour molten steel into molds. The composition is arranged to maximize drama. Variation between lights and darks, as well as the silhouettes in the foreground, and figures to the side, all help to accentuate how bright the center of interest, the cauldron, is. Steel was the nexus of expansion during the Depression, helping to cheaply create the many skyscrapers and bridges that appeared during the 1930s.