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Modern Icon: The Machine as Subject in American Art

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New York Sky Line, Dark Buildings

1913
13 3/4 x 7 3/4 in. (34.9 x 19.7 cm)

Childe Hassam
American (Boston, MA, 1859 - 1935, East Hampton, NY)

Object Type: Print
Medium and Support: Lithograph
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Maud Hassam
Accession Number: 1940.27
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Location: Not currently on view
Printer: George C. Miller

Childe Hassam drew this 1913 profile of the New York City skyline the year construction on the Woolworth Building was completed. At 57 stories, it was the tallest building in the world until the Chrysler Building was completed in 1930. Perhaps it was excitement with the new engineering and construction technologies that led Hassam to exert artistic license in his depiction of the building’s silhouette, thereby dramatizing its height.

[label text for Modern Icon: The Machine As Subject in American Art exhibition, February 3 – March 6, 2012]

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Artist's signature, lower left: Childe Hassam 1918

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