From the Simple to the Sublime

Views of New York City in watermedia

Raoul Dufy (1877-1953) “Le pont de Brooklyn,” ca. 1944-46, stamped with artist’s atelier stamp (lower left), watercolor and gouache on paper, 9 7/8 x 13 in

A visual love letter to Gotham, the New York Historical Society’s exhibition “Scenes of New York City” shines a spotlight on iconic views of skyscrapers and bridges as well as intimate moments of New Yorkers.

David Hockney (b. 1937), “View from the Mayflower Hotel, New York City (Evening),” 2002, watercolor and white crayon on paper, 23 1/4 x 18 in. © David Hockney

Ranging in date from the mid-19th through the 21st centuries, the artworks on display include 130 paintings, works on paper, and sculpture from Elie and Sarah Hirschfeld’s collection of New York City scenes.

Theresa Bernstein (1890–2002) “The Lunch Counter at S. Klein’s in Union Square in the 1930s,” ca. 1930–39 Watercolor on paper Promised gift of Elie and Sarah Hirschfeld, Scenes of New York City

Artists represented include Charles Burchfield, Marc Chagall, Keith Haring, Edward Hopper, Jacob Lawrence, Louise Nevelson, Georgia O’Keeffe, Mark Rothko, and Andy Warhol.

Charles Burchfield (1882–1967) “Backyards in New York,” 1916. Watercolor, white gouache, and graphite on paper. Promised gift of Elie and Sarah Hirschfeld, Scenes of New York City Reproduced with permission of the Charles E. Burchfield Foundation

The “Scenes of New York City” exhibition will be on display through February 27, 2022.


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