Pittsburgh, 1935

Cars with Pittsburgh bridge in background

Parked Cars near Smithfield Street Bridge, Pittsburgh 1935

A review in The Bulletin Index of Thursday, March 5, 1936, noted that her depiction of a mass of parked cars on the Smithfield Street wharf stirred much of the interest in the exhibit. In those years the crowded, slant-parked cars were an iconic sight.

… She [Miss Ravlin] likes to paint Pittsburgh: “The rivers and bridges are so unusual. And then you have those gorgeous grey days. They’re perfect from an artist’s point of view.”  … her palette is all her own. There is nothing about her work to arouse reminiscence of any other painter.

The “gorgeous grey days” were largely the result of smog, created by smoke from the steel mills mixed with fog from the river valleys.