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Building the United Nations--#1--Steelwork of Secretariat

1949 Harold Weston Born: Merion, Pennsylvania 1894 Died: New York, New York 1972 oil on canvas 42 1/8 x 36 1/8 in. (107.0 x 91.8 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the Committee of the Weston United Nations Paintings 1955.11.3 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 41A


Luce Center Quote

“Painting is like going to bed with an idea, an experience or impression which means something to you.” “Weston on Weston,” Magazine of Art, January 1939, reprinted in Wolf, Harold Weston, 1978

Luce Center Label

Harold Weston spent the postwar years in New York and was active in numerous relief projects. He believed that the United Nations “was the greatest hope for a better world” and created a series of six paintings to show the construction of its headquarters from 1949 to 1952. To be able to see the internal structure of the building evokes the hopes of those who created the organization, intended as an open and transparent forum where people from all over the world could come and resolve their differences.

Keywords

Architecture Exterior - civic - United Nations

Architecture Exterior - commercial - skyscraper

Architecture - machine - crane

Cityscape - New York New York

Figure group

Occupation - industry - construction

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About Harold Weston

Born: Merion, Pennsylvania 1894 Died: New York, New York 1972

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