View from the Hospital

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Oil on canvas
Canvas: 11 x 16 in. (27.9 x 40.6 cm)
View from the Hospital is based on a photograph. It depicts the Brooklyn Heights skyline highlighting the contrast between high rises and brownstones in the neighborhood.
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View from the Hospital, 2006 is a cityscape by Brooklyn-based artist, Laura Shechter. Born in Brooklyn in 1944, Shechter trained with Ad Reinhardt at Brooklyn College shortly before his death in 1967. Known for much of her career for her still life paintings and drawings, Shechter turned to cityscapes in 2002. Her work is represented in both U.S. and international collections. She has exhibited extensively in New York and throughout the nation since the 1970s. Instead of painting from direct observation as she does when completing still lifes, Shechter bases her cityscapes on photographs. The inspiration behind View from the Hospital was a photograph of the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood taken during a visit to a friend in the hospital. In her cityscapes, Shechter is interested in capturing the geometry of the urban environment while revealing its decorative relationship with the natural landscape. In many of these works, including View from the Hospital, a clearly defined horizon separates sky from architecture. In the foreground, size and scale of the architecture are often emphasized by parallel and perpendicular lines. In View from the Hospital, the middle ground of the skyscrapers is governed by verticality, which is contrasted by comparatively diminutive brownstones in the immediate foreground. Such juxtaposition highlights the architectural and historical differences between "old" and "new" Brooklyn.
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Gift of Laura Shechter
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group