Eastside Drive

Object Number: 
ca. 1940
Oil on canvas
Canvas: 20 × 16 in. (50.8 × 40.6 cm) Frame: 22 1/8 × 18 1/4 × 1 3/4 in. (56.2 × 46.4 × 4.4 cm)
East River flowing alongside the newly-built East River Drive, which has the profile of buildings along its left side. Hell Gate and Triboro bridges in the distance. Small boat at near center and other boats near the bridges.
Gallery Label: 

Painted from an apartment window overlooking the Eastside Drive as it neared completion in the early 1940s, this view is unusual for the absence of traffic on what was to become a daylong bearer of auto traffic around Manhattan's periphery. Inna Garsoian was born in the North Caucasus and trained as a painter in Moscow and then at the Petrograd Academy. Moving to Paris, she became an assistant designer of costumes and scenery for Diaghilev's Ballet Russes, work she continued in the theater after her 1933 emigration to New York.

Bland, Bartholomew F., et al. Industrial Sublime: Modernism and the Transformation of New York's Rivers, 1900-1940. Yonkers: Hudson River Museum, 2013.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Nina Garsoïan
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group