Leaving the Court - the Photographer

Classification: 
Date: 
1990
Medium: 
Acrylic on canvas
Dimensions: 
Overall: 72 x 108 1/4 in. ( 182.9 x 275 cm )
Description: 
Against a background of large buildings and a scrap of blue sky, a jumble of figures, a large hand in the foreground and at the extreme right side of the canvas the eye and nose of another figure. In the center "the Photographer" and his camera are seen focusing, it appears, on the viewer of the painting.
Credit Line: 
Purchase with partial funds from the Richard Florsheim Art Fund
Object Number: 
2002.83
Gallery Label: 
Birmelin's method of combining bits of figures and sections of the built environment, all pushing toward the picture plane, effectively portrays the crowded New York City streetscape very much as one views it walking through an ordinary busy Manhattan street. He frequently sketches the individual elements -- in this instance, a nose, a hand thrusting toward the viewer -- as he walks his daily route from Port Authority along 8th or 10th Ave. to his 14th Street studio.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1990
eMuseum Object ID: 
57501
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

New York from Governor's Island, NYC

Classification: 
Date: 
1904
Medium: 
Oil on linen
Dimensions: 
Overall: 20 x 30 in. ( 50.8 x 76.2 cm )
Description: 
This painting, showing a view of Manhattan from Govenor's Island on a partly cloudy day, depicts a dark red-hulled freighter being led into port by a red tugboat. The white decked ship, complete with black and white-banded smoke stacks is shown pulling into the harbor on the starboard side. Sailing along the dull blue/brown water, reflecting the bleak and dark sky, are at least two more ships-one red and one black-located to the right of the main freighter. Smoke rising from the clutter of buildings along the shore can be seen in the background; also, a myriad of white dots seem to speckle the canvas. Signed lower left: Carlton T. Chapman A.N.A/ 1904
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. Carlton T. Chapman
Object Number: 
1938.427
Marks: 
signed and dated: in lower left corner: "Carlton T. Chapman, A.N.A/ New York 1904" inscribed: on reverse: "New York from Governors/ Island in 1904" inscribed: paper dealer's label: "From Wm. H. Powell/Gold Frames/Regilding and Artistic Framing/983 6th A
Gallery Label: 
Following a theme of Chapman's artwork, this painting affirms the importance of the freighters and ships in New York commerce. As portrayed in the scene, maritime crafts served as dependable vessels of trade and were an intricate element in the New York workday. They provided an expedient means for both business and recreational affairs and are still influential in product and passenger transportation.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1904
eMuseum Object ID: 
57497
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Bus Terminal II (The Port Authority)

Classification: 
Date: 
1987
Medium: 
Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 
Overall: 20 x 36 in. ( 50.8 x 91.4 cm )
Description: 
In a public wash room, several men, some without shirts, are washing and grooming themselves, while one on the right is using a urinal. The tired yellow paint of the walls and the cold light of the overhead flourescent lights make clear that this is not one of the City's upscale precincts.
Credit Line: 
Purchase
Object Number: 
2001.32
Gallery Label: 
With a straightforward look at the way these homeless men solve the basic problem of personal cleanliness, Reisman documents one of the most persistent problems in New York City. The painting stands in stark contrast to 19th century genre paintings, which frequently portrayed poverty in romaticized, sentimental ways.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1987
eMuseum Object ID: 
57490
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From World Trade Center: Mixed Heights II

Classification: 
Date: 
1998
Medium: 
Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 
Overall: 79 3/4 x 59 in. ( 202.6 x 149.9 cm )
Description: 
This is a nocturne, executed in an unusual palette of greens & yellows. "Mixed Heights" in this case refers to the different angles and perspectives in the view, done from the 24th floor of one World Trade Center building and the 38th floor of another. The change in location gave Jacquette the 2 different views of Cass Gilbert's West Street Building. At the upper left is the entrance to the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel with flames emanating from its top. The foreground is occupied by the octagonal roof of the Museum of Jewish Heritage, beyond which is a double depiction of a modern high-rise.
Credit Line: 
Purchase
Object Number: 
2001.297
Gallery Label: 
Yvonne Jacquette's nighttime canvas epitomizes the work generated by artists involved in the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's World Views. This innovative program, established in 1997 with the support of the Port Authority, provided unrented, windowed office space in the World Trade Center twin towers for artists to use as a studio space. This unique artists' colony-on-high ceased to exist on September 11, 2001.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1998
eMuseum Object ID: 
57486
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Gramercy Park, New York City

Classification: 
Date: 
1940
Medium: 
Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 
Overall: 36 x 48 in. ( 91.4 x 121.9 cm )
Description: 
This Paul Lantz painting illustrates a bustling tree-lined avenue overlooking Gramercy Park. Even though it appears to be a rather cold and dreary day, the streets are full of activity. At least eight people are depicted in the scene; five women and three men. The foremost figures (from left to right) are a woman in a yellow ensemble walking a dog by a fire hydrant, a woman in blue wheeling a baby carriage, and a woman in red shortly followed by a mustached man in a black coat and hat. The only greenery in Gramercy Park that has persisted throughout the autumn are patches of grass, which are surrounded by barren trees and shrubbery. A vacant flagpole stands next to the famous Edwin Booth statue, a tribute to a great 19th century Shakespearian actor. Several tall gray, brown, and yellow buildings line the background. In the far left, an overpass connects one set of buildings to another. Signed in lower right: Paul Lantz 1940
Credit Line: 
Purchase, James B. Wilbur Fund
Object Number: 
1940.201
Gallery Label: 
Depicting a dreary early winter day in NYC, this painting illustrates and comments on the immutable, yet fashionable character of New Yorkers, especially NY women. Contrasting greatly with the bleak and desolate weather, the women portrayed in this scene are depicted as beacons of color, adorned in chic blue, yellow, and red outfits. With this painting, the artist affirms the reputation of Gramercy Park, NYC's only remaining private park, as a center of elegance, fashion, and exclusivity.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1940
eMuseum Object ID: 
57470
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Samuel Verplanck Hoffman (1866-1942)

Classification: 
Date: 
1907
Medium: 
Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 
canvas: 54 x 36 in. (137.2 x 91.4 cm) frame: 65 3/4 x 48 x 4 1/2 in. (65 3/4 x 48 x 4 1/2 in.)
Description: 
A portrait of Samuel Verplanck Hoffman, president of the N-YHS from 1903-1912. The subject is wearing a black suit and vest with a white shirt and burgundy tie. A white handkerchief protrudes from his left jacket pocket and, sticking out of his corresponding breast pocket, is a blue and gold metallic emblem. His brown eyes contain specks of brilliant blue and the presence of gray streaks in his mostly dark hair, beard and mustache reveal slight signs of aging. The subject's left hand, which is adorned with a blue pinky ring, clutches a gold object. His right hand, clenched in a fist position with the thumb jutting out, is pressing on a glass-top wooden desk, located to his right.
Credit Line: 
Painted for the Society
Object Number: 
1909.13
Marks: 
Signed and dated lower right: Carroll Beckwith / 1907
Gallery Label: 
The son of Rev. Eugene Augustus Hoffman and Mary Crooke (Elmendorf) Hoffman of New Brunswick, N.J., Samuel Verplanck Hoffman at first pursued a career in astronomy; he studied and taught the subject at Johns Hopkins University for several years until management of his father's extensive properties in New York demanded his full attention. After becoming a life member of the N-YHS in 1901, Samuel continued a family legacy and succeeded his father as its president. He served from 1903-1912.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1907
eMuseum Object ID: 
57469
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

The Bronx

Classification: 
Date: 
1924
Medium: 
Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 
framed: 51 1/2 x 49 in. ( 130.8 x 124.5 cm )
Description: 
a woman and 3 baby carriages are surrounded by a rough-hewn landscape set against a background of low-rise buildings, apparently apartment buildings, a few having business on the ground floor. The scene is executed in a combination of grey tones and warm orange-reds with some bits of white in the woman's blouse, the building windows and the sky.
Credit Line: 
Purchase
Object Number: 
2001.50
Gallery Label: 
"The Bronx" depicts a borough vastly under-represented in the Society's collections, where much of the City's .20th-century social history has been played out. It also serves to document the continuuing stream of foreign artists arriving in this country, bringing with them new styles and fresh ideas.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1924
eMuseum Object ID: 
57456
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The Model Suzy

Classification: 
Date: 
c.1960s
Medium: 
Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 
canvas: 30 x 38 in. ( 76.2 x 96.5 cm ) frame: 34 3/4 x 42 3/4 in. ( 88.3 x 108.6 cm )
Description: 
Suzie, asleep, sits facing right. She wears a large hat, blue and red; her heavy body, nude but for stockings and shoes, is partially covered by an open red dressing gown. To her left on a covered table is a tell-tale bottle of wine.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Joan Gubin Tolchin
Object Number: 
2003.8
Gallery Label: 
The Art Students League is a century-old institution, at which many well- and lesser-known professional artists, as well as dedicated amateurs, have studied. Suzie's long-term connection as a favored model, frequently depicted by both students and teachers at the League, links her to the near-legendary history of the institution.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1960
eMuseum Object ID: 
57407
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Head of a Roman

Classification: 
Date: 
1840
Medium: 
Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 
image size: 24 3/8 x 19 3/8 in. (61.9 x 49.2 cm) framed: 33 1/4 x 28 1/4 in. (84.5 x 71.8 cm)
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. Lucy Maria Durand Woodman
Object Number: 
1907.12
Gallery Label: 
This painting along with Durand's other "Head of a Roman" paintings were exhibited at the National Academy in 1842. This is one of eight studies of elderly Roman men painted by Durand in 1840-41, of which the Society owns four.
Bibliography: 
Catalogue of the Gallery of Art of The New York Historical Society, New York: Printed for the Society, 1915, p. 43. Novak, Barbara, American Painting of the Nineteenth Century: Realism, Idealism, and the American Experience, New York: Oxford University Press, 1969, pp. 82-4, 297-8. Lawall, David B., Asher Brown Durand: His Art and Art Theory in Relation to his Times, Submitted to Princeton University in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy, March 1966, pp. 159-62, 215, 242, 383-5. 445, 616-7, 664-5, 671. Caldwell, John S., Asher B. Durand's Travels in Europe, 1840-1841 and their Role in his Artistic Development, Submitted to Hunter College in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts, 1973, pp. 42-3. Koke, Richard J., American Landscape and Genre Paintings in the New York Historical Society, Vol. I, New York: The New-York Historical Society, 1982, pp. 311-2.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1840
eMuseum Object ID: 
57263
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Landscape, Sunset

Classification: 
Collections: 
Date: 
1838
Medium: 
Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 
image size: 25 x 34 in. (63.5 x 86.4 cm)
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. Lucy Maria Durand Woodman
Object Number: 
1907.10
Bibliography: 
The Fine Arts, Vol. XVI, June 2, 1838, p. 391 Novak, Barbara, American Painting of the Nineteenth Century: Realism, Idealism, and the American Experience, New York: Oxford University Press, 1969, p. 84. Lawall, David B., Asher Brown Durand: His Art and Art Theory in Relation to his Times, Submitted to Princeton University in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy, March 1966, pp. 77-9, 235-40, 470-1, 499-500, 630-1, 686. Lawall, David B., Asher B. Durand: A Documentary Catalogue of the Narrative and Landscape Paintings, New York & London, Garland Publishing, Inc., 1978, p. 28. Koke, Richard J., American Landscape and Genre Paintings in the New York Historical Society, Vol. I, New York: The New-York Historical Society, 1982, p. 307. Ferber, Linda S., ed., Kindred Spirits Asher B. Durand and the American Landscape, Brooklyn Museum, 2007, pp. 136-7, 201.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1838
eMuseum Object ID: 
57254
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

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