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Lily Furedi
Subway
1934
oil
39 x 48 1/4 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service



Furedi offers a glimpse of life in late night New York, where strangers from all walks of life are thrown together for the duration of a train ride. Identifiable by their clothing—a tuxedo-clad violinist, businessmen in suits and fedoras, workers wearing overalls, and fashionably dressed women—they doze, gaze, or read, living private lives in the middle of the crowded city.