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Joseph Delaney

Penn Station at War Time
1943
oil
34 x 48 1/8 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Joseph Delaney

Joseph Delaney painted this crowd scene at New York's Penn Station two years after the United States entered World War II. Joseph, like his older brother and fellow painter Beauford, had moved from Tennessee to New York during the Depression. Throughout his career, his favorite and best-known subjects were the expressive crowd scenes of New Yorkers engaged in daily activities.