Leaving the Court - the Photographer
Acrylic on canvas
Overall: 72 x 108 1/4 in. ( 182.9 x 275 cm )
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.
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.
Purchase with partial funds from the Richard Florsheim Art Fund
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