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Waterfront--Brooklyn

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Department
Painting and Sculpture
On View
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 38A
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor
Date
ca. 1934
Object number
1964.1.121
Luce Center Label
This image shows a busy Brooklyn harbor with a view of Manhattan in the distance. Many artists during the 1930s focused on laborers and industrial scenes to emphasize the value of hard work in pulling the country out of the Depression. The smoking chimneys, groups of workers, and tracks in the snow evoke a sense of activity and perseverance in the face of hardship. To Americans in the 1930s, the skyscrapers of New York symbolized the city’s achievements and sustained the hope that the country’s economy would recover.
Credit Line
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the U.S. Department of Labor
Artist
Harry Shokler, born Cincinnati, OH 1896-died Hanover, NH 1978
Topic
Figure group
Cityscape\New York\Brooklyn
Cityscape\river\East River
Cityscape\wharf
Architecture\industry\shipyard
Cityscape\weather\snow
Cityscape\New York\Manhattan
New Deal\Public Works of Art Project\New York City
Medium
oil on canvas
Dimensions
28 x 40 in. (71.1 x 101.6 cm.)
Data Source
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Restrictions & Rights
Usage conditions apply
Type
Painting
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk795c564a7-a4e2-4742-8b9c-8eda1f0535b2
Record ID
saam_1964.1.121

Waterfront--Brooklyn

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