Are they part of a narrative, or staffage? Do they provide scale, or enhance the effect? Are the figures part of the landscape, or even the landscape itself?
How Colin Campbell Cooper and George Bellows used figures in their paintings of New York City in the early twentieth century.
Evolution from realism to the more painterly. Then in the late 1890s, city landscapes in which the people are the landscape. Remarkable paintings seen in detail.
After 1900, New York City became a more dominant theme in the works of major East Coast artists.
Her husband’s paintings are in 36 major collections, but hers are only in 4 smaller ones. Are the collections prejudiced against women painters?
One of the greatest US painters of the twentieth century, his early Ashcan works showed the harsh realities of life in the city.
Manet’s remarkably early painting of a cyclist dates from 1871, but the Impressionists appear to have ignored the new kings of the road.
In his later career, he discovered the West Coast and the beauty of trees and gardens, continuing to paint in Impressionist style.
The Impressionist master of skyscrapers, he painted New York City as its buildings rose into the sky.