Oil on canvas
Framed: 110.5 x 110.8 cm (43 1/2 x 43 5/8 in.); Unframed: 88.9 x 104.8 cm (35 x 41 1/4 in.)
Gift of The Huntington National Bank 2013.66
Blast furnaces convert iron ores to molten metallic iron, an essential step in the making of steel.
One of the most widely exhibited artists working in Cleveland during the second quarter of the 1900s, Gaertner specialized in painting the city and its environs. Among his favored subjects were scenes of Cleveland’s manufacturing heyday, including The Furnace, a composition praised at the time by a curator at the Cleveland Museum of Art for capturing "admirably the sense of drama and power of industrial achievement."
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