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1946

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2021

2022

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Painting, Montana, from the United States series

This is a Painting. It was designed by E. McKnight Kauffer and made for (as the client) Container Corporation of America.

This object is not part of the Cooper Hewitt's permanent collection. It was able to spend time at the museum on loan from Smithsonian American Art Museum as part of Underground Modernist: E. McKnight Kauffer.

It is dated 1946. Its medium is gouache. It is a part of the department.


The packaging manufacturer Container Corporation of America (CCA) played an influential role in supporting European émigré and American artists. The company made modern design central to its corporate identity. In 1946 CCA featured a series on the 48 states and invited Kauffer, among other artists, including Jacob Lawrence and Stuart Davis, to portray their home states. This is the original artwork Kauffer supplied for the advertisement featuring his native Montana.

It is credited Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Container Corporation of America.

Its dimensions are

H x W: 52.1 × 43.4 cm (20 1/2 × 17 1/16 in.) Frame H x W x D: 70.5 × 60.3 × 3.2 cm (27 3/4 × 23 3/4 × 1 1/4 in.)

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Underground Modernist: E. McKnight Kauffer.

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