Untitled [Milwaukee Industrial Area]



Painting of houses and industrial buildings with telephone poles and a white picket fence. Overall colors of dark blue, purple, and green on a light background. Undated.

Known as Milwaukee’s “Milkman Artist,” Earl Gessert (1918-1996) worked as a milkman in the mornings for more than twenty years so that he was free to paint and teach in the afternoons. Gessert studied art and later taught at the Layton School of Art. According to the Museum of Wisconsin Art’s website, “he loved to paint industrialization and street scenes as if they had a life of their own… [H]e also helped form the Wisconsin Watercolor Society [and later] moved… to Arizona where he continued… painting every day until he was too ill to do so.”

Located on the east wall near the northeast corner of the Second Floor.


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Physical Dimensions

26 1/2 x 34 in.