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Workers Houses, Flushing Bay

1935-1945 Philip Evergood Born: New York, New York 1901 Died: Bridgewater, Connecticut 1973 oil on canvas 18 x 28 in. (45.7 x 71.1 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Arnold and Augusta Newman 1982.130 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 34B


Luce Center Label

Many of Philip Evergood’s images protested the exploitation of America’s laborers, but this painting has a different quality. It focuses on the idea of home and community in the working-class neighborhood of Flushing Bay, in Queens. The settlement is not prosperous, but each house has its own plot of land and a few trees to soften the landscape. Smoke billowing from chimneys echoes the stacks of factories in the distance, where the people of Flushing Bay earn their living. The artist gave the painting to photographer Arnold Newman, and Newman later recalled his visit to pick it up in Evergood’s Greenwich Village studio. Evergood had decided that it needed “a spot of red here . . . He took out his paints and brushes and for four or five hours, long into the night, he reworked the canvas while I watched.” (Augusta and Arnold Newman to Adelyn Breeskin, December 28, 1982, SAAM curatorial file)

Keywords

Architecture Exterior - domestic - house

Architecture - boat

Landscape - coast

Waterscape - bay - Flushing Bay

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About Philip Evergood

Born: New York, New York 1901 Died: Bridgewater, Connecticut 1973

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