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In Lower New York

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Jerome Myers, In Lower New York, 1926, oil on canvas, Bequest of Winslow B. Ayer, © 1926 Estate of Jerome Myers, 35.19

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Title

In Lower New York

Artist

Jerome Myers (American, 1867-1940)

Date

1926

Medium

oil on canvas

Dimensions (H x W x D)

30 in x 25 in

Inscriptions & Markings

signature; date: Jerome Myers 1926, brushed, lower left

Collection Area

American Art

Category

Paintings

Object Type

painting

Culture

American

Credit Line

Bequest of Winslow B. Ayer

Accession Number

35.19

Copyright

© 1926 Estate of Jerome Myers

Terms

canvas

oil paint

oil paintings

paintings

streetscapes

Related Places

Depicts: New York

Location

Belluschi Building

Hirsch Wing

2nd Floor

Anne K. Millis Galleries

Millis Galleries (West)

Description

Of the urban scenes that he painted, Jerome Myers wrote at the end of his career, "Others saw ugliness and degradation there, I saw poetry and beauty…." The composition of In Lower New York resembles a stage set with a row of vertical tenement buildings serving as a backdrop for a busy urban neighborhood. In spite of humble features such as the hanging laundry, the junkyard sign, and the somewhat disheveled and unladylike street seller in the foreground, this is a painting of vibrant street life as opposed to a dirty and dangerous slum. While much of the palette is muted, the emphasis on the areas of bright color, the clean streets, playful children and quaint row houses convey Myers's optimism and pleasure in the picturesque life of the Lower East Side neighborhoods.

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