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Tompkins Park, N.Y. City

1934 Saul Kovner Born: Russia 1904 Died: North Hollywood, California 1981 oil on canvas 21 x 24 in. (53.3 x 61.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum acquisition 1980.48 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 36B


Luce Center Label

Saul Kovner’s Tompkins Park, N.Y. City was painted in 1934, under the patronage of the Public Works of Art Project (PWAP), a New Deal program created by the federal government to offer work and financial support to America’s artists during the Great Depression. The public park, situated in the Alphabet City section of Manhattan’s East Village, is named in honor of Daniel D. Tompkins (1774-1825), who served as governor of New York from 1807 to 1817 and as vice president of the United States under James Monroe from 1817 to 1825. The PWAP encouraged their commissioned artists to capture “the American Scene,” and in this painting Kovner conveys strong messages of community spirit and American values. Children and adults enjoy winter in the park, building snowmen and playing with sleds; the presence of the Stars and Stripes in the center of the work places this as a uniquely American scene.

Keywords

Architecture Exterior - domestic - apartment

Cityscape - New York New York

Figure(s) in exterior - park

Landscape - weather - snow

Recreation - sport and play - sledding

New Deal - Public Works of Art Project - New York City

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About Saul Kovner

Born: Russia 1904 Died: North Hollywood, California 1981

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