Brownsville to Braddock: Paintings and Observations of the Monongahela River Valley (Hardcover)

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The Monongahela River Valley in Southwestern Pennsylvania is steeped with a rich industrial history. Starting with iron, brass, tin, and glass production, the river towns—from Brownsville to Braddock—ultimately helped make Pittsburgh the one-time steelmaking capital of the world. With this industrial legacy in mind, artist Ron Donoughe set out to document the small towns in this region, one painting at a time. Over a twelve-month period, he explored the forgotten towns of Brownsville, California, Donora, Charleroi, Monessen, Monongahela, Clairton, Duquesne, McKeesport, Braddock, and the Monongahela River itself. Brownsville to Braddock provides key insight on a forty-mile stretch of river towns. The post-industrial economy led to a decline in manufacturing, and with it, substantial job losses. These towns face many significant challenges, yet there is still beauty to be found. Donoughe finds it as he paints the human spirit through the mills, factories, parks, and homes. The people he meets share their stories of family joy and sorrows, along with a genuine love for the area they call the “Mon Valley.”

About the Author

Ron Donoughe has been painting and documenting the western Pennsylvania region for the last thirty years. His paintings can be found in the Westmoreland Museum of American Art, the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, the Heinz History Center, the Duquesne Club, the Pennsylvania Convention Center, and numerous corporate and private collections. He has taught painting at LaRoche College, the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, and at workshops throughout the United States and France. His previous books include 90 Pittsburgh Neighborhoods and Essence of Pittsburgh.

Praise For…

“[In] Brownsville to Braddock: Paintings and Observations of the Monongahela Valley. . . [Donoughe] has managed to capture both the sadness of the valley’s decline and the inherent strength and beauty of its history, its architecture,and its people.” —From the foreword by Maxwell King, author of The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers

Past Praise for Ron Donoughe: “Ron captures not only the essence of a subject or place, but a moment in time as well . . . Ron is drawn intuitively to the sites that he paints by color, light, atmosphere, texture, shadow, shape, and form. . . . He paints in all seasons and at all times of the day in an effort to translate particular places and moments into art.” —Barbara L. Jones, curator at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art

"Donoughe’s painting captures the humanity and beauty in under appreciated spaces and neighborhoods." —Jody DiPerna, The Pittsburgh Current 

"His understated but luminous paintings are in honored locations all over town, from the Heinz History Center and the Duquesne Club to the Westmoreland Museum of American Art." —Bill O'Driscoll, WESA FM

“Donoughe’s paintings capture a unique aspect of the history of the landscape of western Pennsylvania.” —The Pitt News

"In his journal, Eugene Delacroix, 19th Century French romantic artist, wrote that, 'painting is a bridge linking the painter’s mind with that of the viewer.' That quotation is especially applicable to Donoughe’s new work, which perceives the beauty and importance of an overlooked region, and its place in our collective past, and shows it to us, the viewer. His works enable us to see a landscape we may have passed many times as if seeing it for the first time." —Keystone Edge

Product Details
ISBN: 9780822946755
ISBN-10: 0822946750
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication Date: March 9th, 2021
Pages: 136
Language: English