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Suburban Apartments

1934 Lloyd Goff Born: Dallas, Texas 1908 Died: New York, New York 1982 oil on fiberboard 24 1/8 x 30 1/4 in. (61.2 x 76.8 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Transfer from the U.S. Department of Labor 1964.1.155 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 38A


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Lloyd Goff painted Suburban Apartments for the Public Works of Art Project (PWAP), a New Deal program created by the federal government to give financial and moral support to American artists during the Great Depression. Artists were encouraged to go out and paint "the American Scene," meaning they should record the look and feel of the country. Suburban Apartments shows apartment buildings in the Washington Heights section of New York City. We do not know much about Goff’s motivation for this painting. However, it may be that he romanticized the depiction of a quiet, safe neighborhood, which appears here protected in a blanket of snow to produce a more pleasing impression.

Keywords

Architecture Exterior - domestic - apartment

Cityscape - street

Cityscape - town

Figure(s) in exterior - urban

Landscape - season - winter

Travel - land - automobile

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

painting

paint - oil

fiberboard

About Lloyd Goff

Born: Dallas, Texas 1908 Died: New York, New York 1982

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