• The men on the path are likely engaged in work for the foundry, while the woman and child to the left appear to be residents of the village.
• The figures are small despite being in the foreground, helping to accentuate the size of the industrial operation.
Q. What overall impression of the industrial age does this painting suggest? Does the painting strike you as beautiful, horrific, or both?
• The painting emphasizes the profound changes to communities that came with industrialization; the importance of fossil fuels to the industrial revolution; and the impact of the industrial revolution on the environment.
• Students could make the case that the painting is beautiful, horrific, or both.