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Washington Square Park, New York City

Washington Square Park, New York City

New York City has hundreds of iconic landmarks, parks, monuments, streets, and buildings. During the early 20th century it was a bustling city, full of excitement, investment, and room for expansion and it quickly became a destination for travelers, immigrants, and artists. Art societies and academics became widely accepted and popular, and popped up all over the city. The depictions of New York increased dramatically throughout this time period. This metropolitan destination  could not be missed by any one in the art world, and many moved there to be part of the burgeoning art scene. Therefore, it is no surprise that dozens of prominent artists in the NBMAA’s collection lived and worked in New York City, and derived endless inspiration from the city. (more…)

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East River from the 30th Story of Shelton Hotel (1928). Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986). Oil on canvas, 30 x 48 1/8 in. New Britain Museum of American Art, Stephen B. Lawrence Fund, 1958.09.

East River from the 30th Story of Shelton Hotel, 1928. Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986). Oil on canvas, 30 x 48 1/8 in. New Britain Museum of American Art, Stephen B. Lawrence Fund, 1958.09.

The end of the Industrial Revolution sparked interest in the lives of everyday people, as well as the creative endeavors of practicing artists of the period. American cities were bustling centers of business and industry. Inventions were changing the way people lived day to day, and cities like New York were at the top of their game. The New Britain Museum of American Art’s collection contains countless paintings that depict cities. Two examples are John Sloan’s Main Street, Gloucester and Georgia O’Keeffe’s East River from the 30th Story of Shelton Hotel. Each of theses works utilize color and brush strokes in powerful ways to convey distinct meanings. (more…)

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