East River, N.Y.C.
Oil on canvas
Overall: 32 1/4 x 40 in. ( 81.9 x 101.6 cm )
A view of Manhattan from either Brooklyn or New Jersey piers. There is a black-hulled, red-banded vessel tied up on the right and a green tugboat on the extreme left. Behind the latter is a red tugboat. Seagulls and smoke from the various vessels fill the scene. However, most notably illustrated are two pier workers on the lower left, dressed in work clothes and taking a cigarette break. Signed in the lower left hand corner: George Parker.
In this view "from the other side of the river," -- either the East or the Hudson and therefore from Brooklyn or New Jersey, respectively -- the painting depicts the basic workings of the harbor, exemplified by the 'common' laborer and the working vessels.
Bland, Bartholomew F., et al. Industrial Sublime: Modernism and the Transformation of New York's Rivers, 1900-1940. Yonkers: Hudson River Museum, 2013.
Purchase, James B. Wilbur Fund
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