Keepin' It Running
Acrylic on canvas – 24" x 36"

American cars from the late 1940s to the eve of the revolution in 1959, fill Havana’s streets. Many are used as taxis, and others for daily travel by the citizens of Cuba. Private enterprise does exist, and is often overlooked, but entrepreneurs are heavily taxed for the privilege by the Communist regime. The 1957 Chevy in the painting is better preserved than most. It may be due to the owner’s interest in the business shown at the left that refurbishes furniture for government buildings.

Much of Old Havana is crumbling, and many of the elegant buildings that line the streets of the city may soon turn to ruin (like the building in the painting at right). Pavements are broken, grates rusted through, and much of the infrastructure fragile, and through it all, the people endure with a hope for the time when their government makes it possible for America to embrace their small island country.

George H. Rothacker - Havana '59 - Keepin' It Running

Painting owned by Leslie Wheeler
Print: $65 +tax and shipping