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Manhattan Skyline

ca. 1960 Justin McCarthy Born: Hazleton, Pennsylvania 1891 Died: Tucson, Arizona 1977 oil on canvas 17 7/8 x 24 in. (45.4 x 60.9 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Nancy Karlins Thoman and Mark Thoman in honor of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. 1991.79.1 Not currently on view


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As Justin McCarthy’s eyesight began to fail, he painted with broader, looser brushstrokes. He worked quickly and often did not pause until the painting was completed. The jumbled lines and dabs of color of this image evoke the crowded, energetic skyline of New York at night, almost as if we are looking down at the city through half-closed eyes.

Keywords

Architecture Exterior - commercial - skyscraper

Cityscape - bird's eye view

Cityscape - New York - Manhattan

Cityscape - New York New York

Cityscape - time - evening

painting

folk art

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About Justin McCarthy

Born: Hazleton, Pennsylvania 1891 Died: Tucson, Arizona 1977

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