|Things would not remain this bucolic for long! Thomas Kelah Wharton. New York From Brooklyn Heights, 1894|
"Newsies" were a favorite subject for paintings of Manhattan life, as was Central Park. In 1894, Henry Inman painted his only urban genre work, News Boy (left), after watching one hawking papers outside of the newly erected Astor House. The fellow at right by James Cafferty (1857) purveys the New York Herald.
|William Glackens. Central Park in Winter, 1905.|
|Maurice Prendergast's The East River (1901) depicts yet another of the pleasant sites set aside for communal recreation in the City.|
Everett Shin's Curtain Call of 1925 reflects New York City's importance as a hub of culture, while William H. Johnson's Street Life, Harlem (1939) celebrates one of its most famous neighborhoods and Paul Cadmus's Playground (1948) puts one in mind of the West Side Story milieu.
Which artworks would you choose for your imaginary salon?