National Geographic : 1948 Jul
Artists Look at Pennsylvania © National Geographic Society Painting by Ernest Fiene "Where Else," Asks the Artist, "Could I Find a Road Without Telephone Poles?" Mr. Fiene painted this scene-somber Amish garb contrasting with May's gay flowers-on a quiet road near Ephrata, Lancaster County. As in his other paintings (Plates II, IV), he emphasizes the Pennsylvania German country's scarcity of 20th-century influences-such as telephone lines. Most farmers of this fertile region are descendants of 18th-century German and Swiss immigrants. Several sects were represented in the migration. The Amish are considered typical because of their strict adherence to custom in many particulars.