Skip to main content

Clairton by Craig McPherson

Clairton by Craig McPherson

Golder-Thompson gift.

Clairton was the site of what was the largest coke-producing facility in America until its eventual decline in the 1980s. This dramatic night time scene, printed on green paper, is a perfect example of the power of the mezzotint to express the atmosphere and poetry of what McPherson saw as “the last vestiges of the great Rust Belt and the heroic American experience that built this country.”