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Waterfront--Brooklyn

ca. 1934 Harry Shokler Born: Cincinnati, Ohio 1896 Died: Hanover, New Hampshire 1978 oil on canvas 28 x 40 in. (71.1 x 101.6 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Transfer from the U.S. Department of Labor 1964.1.121 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 38A


Luce Center Label

This image shows a busy Brooklyn harbor with a view of Manhattan in the distance. Many artists during the 1930s focused on laborers and industrial scenes to emphasize the value of hard work in pulling the country out of the Depression. The smoking chimneys, groups of workers, and tracks in the snow evoke a sense of activity and perseverance in the face of hardship. To Americans in the 1930s, the skyscrapers of New York symbolized the city’s achievements and sustained the hope that the country’s economy would recover.

Keywords

Architecture - industry - shipyard

Cityscape - New York - Brooklyn

Cityscape - New York - Manhattan

Cityscape - river - East River

Cityscape - weather - snow

Cityscape - wharf

Figure(s) in exterior - urban

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

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About Harry Shokler

Born: Cincinnati, Ohio 1896 Died: Hanover, New Hampshire 1978

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