Signed lower left: "Irwin D. Hoffman". In fine condition. This painting was developed as preparation for a series of murals commissioned for the 1939-40 Golden Gate International Exposition in San Francisco.
Exhibited in the AAA show, "Miners and Reapers," December 11-23, 1939.
"When the ore comes down from the stope. This man here has an iron bar with which he opens up the bin releasing the ore that comes down the chute into that car. A very important part of the operation, and very dangerous" (commentary by Irwin D. Hoffman in "Irwin D. Hoffman: An Artist's Life," Boston Public Library 1982)