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Miner's Family

Scott, William

Miner's Family

pastel on paper

1970 Gift of Kanawha Banking & Trust Co.

A native of Scotland, William Scott emigrated to New York at the turn of the twentieth century and worked as an illustrator. He was a modest man who made little effort to attract attention to his art. He derived satisfaction from exploring qualities of design, form and color in a wide variety of painting and drawing materials. "Miner's Family" is part of a series of drawings that Scott produced to communicate his impression of industrial America. The simplified sculptural form of the hills is pierced by a telephone pole that connects to a hilltop building. The figures are enveloped by barren hills and manmade elements. The muted gray colors of the drawing convey a sense of dreariness in a dismal and desolate scene.