Building the United Nations–#1–Steelwork of Secretariat

  • Harold Weston, Building the United Nations--#1--Steelwork of Secretariat, 1949, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Committee of the Weston United Nations Paintings, 1955.11.3

Harold Weston spent the postwar years in New York and was active in numerous relief projects. He believed that the United Nations was the greatest hope for a better world” and created a series of six paintings to show the construction of its headquarters from 1949 to 1952. To be able to see the internal structure of the building evokes the hopes of those who created the organization, intended as an open and transparent forum where people from all over the world could come and resolve their differences.

Painting is like going to bed with an idea, an experience or impression which means something to you.” Weston on Weston,” Magazine of Art, January 1939, reprinted in Wolf, Harold Weston, 1978

Building the United Nations–#1–Steelwork of Secretariat
42 1836 18 in. (107.091.8 cm.)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the Committee of the Weston United Nations Paintings

Mediums Description
oil on canvas
  • Architecture Exterior – civic – United Nations
  • Architecture – machine – crane
  • Cityscape – New York – New York
  • Occupation – industry – construction
  • Architecture Exterior – commercial – skyscraper
  • Figure group
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