Pittsburgh at Night



Pittsburgh at Night


Betty Rendleman
Knoxville, Pennsylvania 1911-1975 Cleveland, Ohio


oil on canvas


16 x 24 in.


"…we have and always will have smoke and dust and some fog, these conditions mean industry, which is the lifeblood of this district as snow is in the Sierras of California for its power and irrigation. When the mills along the rivers are belching forth black smoke, red dust, and white steam, then we know that they are at high capacity." (Pittsburgh, Souvenir of the 134th General Meeting, October 5–9, 1926, p. 6, American Institute of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers).

Growing up in Pittsburgh, Rendleman was familiar with the dynamic colors and brightly lit skies created by Pittsburgh’s mills, factories, and foundries as they operated throughout the night. Rendleman was a graduate of the Winchester School and member of the Indiana Art Association before marrying Penn State graduate H. Lloyd Fritchman of the United Eastern Coal Sales Corporation.




These images are posted publicly for non-profit educational uses, excluding printed publication. Other uses may not be permitted. For additional information about usage rights or to request permission to use an image contact museum@ems.psu.edu