Ellis Island in the Early 1900's
Oil on canvas
Overall: 24 x 30 in. ( 61 x 76.2 cm )
Known for her naïvely rendered interpretations of people, events, and places drawn from memories of her childhood, Lillian Schiffman here reflects on her mother's recollections of New York when she arrived there as an immigrant at the outset of the 20th century. Employing artistic license in her historical recreation, Schiffman has altered the juxtaposition of Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty, and the Manhattan skyline, reversing the Statue and the Island and bringing the skyline unrealistically close to both in an effort to make the expansive view more deeply personal than topographically accurate. Schiffman was a mature woman when she first enrolled at the Fabrizio Art Studio School run by Dino Fabrizio on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. She has exhibited her work at the Cornell Medical Library and Lever House.
Gift of the artist, in memory of her son, Paul Schiffman
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