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Penn Station at War Time

1943 Joseph Delaney Born: Knoxville, Tennessee 1904 Died: Knoxville, Tennessee 1991 oil on canvas 34 x 48 1/8 in. (86.4 x 122.2 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Joseph Delaney 1970.176 Not currently on view


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For almost sixty years Delaney painted life in New York City with the discriminating eye of a caricaturist: “The real community is out there in the street where everyone is equal.” Penn Station at War Time is an amusing image of travelers struggling to make their way through a dense mass of people as they rush to catch their trains. Only a few stand out in the tangle of torsos and limbs. Despite its apparent spontaneity, Penn Station at War Time is a sophisticated painting. Delaney bisected the canvas horizontally to contrast the volumetric expanse of the architecture with the linear energy of the crowd below.


African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era, and Beyond, 2012

Keywords

Architecture Interior - civic - Pennsylvania Station

Architecture Interior - civic - railroad station

Cityscape - New York New York

Figure group

History - United States - World War II

Object - other - flag

Travel

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

fiberboard - support added

glass - fiberglass - support added

About Joseph Delaney

Born: Knoxville, Tennessee 1904 Died: Knoxville, Tennessee 1991

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