Classic Scene

William Carlos Williams

A power-house
in the shape of
a red brick chair
90 feet high

on the seat of which
sit the figures
of two metal

commanding an area
of squalid shacks
side by side--
from one of which

buff smoke
streams while under
a grey sky
the other remains

passive today--

Charles Sheeler, Classic Landscape (1931)

Oil on canvas, 25 inches x 32.25 inches. The Collection of the Mr. and Mrs. Barney Ebsworth Foundation.

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