Youngner examines the transformation of the depiction of industry in 19th century Pittsburgh from environmental nuisance to an idealized glorification of industrial might, in both fine art and illustration.
This book is a testament to the extensive visual representation of Pittsburgh in books, magazines, illustrated newspapers, corporate identity, lithographs, and other types of materials during the nineteenth century. Produced to accompany an exhibition hosted by the Frick Art & Historical Center, guest curator Lane enlightens readers on the printmaking industry in the city and provides the most comprehensive list of prints of nineteenth-century Pittsburgh ever assembled.
This unique collection features double-page spreads of Douglas Cooper’s charcoal and paper drawings, the inspiration for his artistic vision, formal properties of his art and how it relates to architecture; and essay excerpts from Pittsburgh authors: poetry, historical accounts, and stories of the daily lives of Pittsburghers. Through words and art, his work shows the urban landscape of Pittsburgh as you have never seen it before.