Art in the Age of Steam: Europe, America and the Railway, 1830-1960

The Machine Age

The Machine Age presents railways in both painting and photography as a new kind of industrial landscape, where pollution suggests prosperity as well as environmental threats. During the years between the First and the Second World Wars, artists gloried in the steam locomotive as a symbol of speed and power at the very moment when it was being challenged by road and air transport. The exhibition concludes with works that celebrate the end of the steam age in a spirit of valedictory nostalgia.

Alfred Stieglitz, 1864-1946
The Hand of Man, 1902

George Luks, 1867-1933
Roundhouse at High Bridge, 1909-1910

Ivo Pannaggi, 1901-1981
Speeding Train, 1922

Pierre Fix-Masseau, 1905-1994
Exactitude, 1932

Charles Sheeler, 1883-1965
Rolling Power, 1939

Terence Cuneo, 1907-1996
The Great Marquess, 1967

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