Painted in 1932-1933, this watercolor representation of the General Motors Building from the Century of Progress Exposition was a slice of life of the "Rainbow City". Created by Frank Raymond in Chicago, Illinois. It was prepared for reproduction in the Official View Book : Century of Progress, copyrighted in 1933 by the Reuben H. Donnelley Corporation.
The painting depicts the General Motors Building at the Century of Progress World's Fair of 1932 - 1933 in Chicago. The dramatic striped, colorful background emphasizes the orange building. The names of various GM automobiles lines are written across the building's frieze. Fair visitors can be seen inside and outside the building.
This watercolor representation of the General Motors Building from the Century of Progress Exposition was painted in 1932-1933 by Frank Raymond, depicting the "Rainbow City". Planned during the prosperous 1920s to celebrate 100 years of progress since Chicago Founding, the World's Fair opened during the Great Depression. Funding came from private sources instead of government subsidies, and the art deco design had a dual purpose - to convey the central theme of scientific progress and to save money. The final product was the "Rainbow City" stretching across 3 miles of lakefront.