Lower Manhattan from Apartment in Brooklyn

Media - 1986.92.20 - SAAM-1986.92.20_1 - 56205
Copied Herzl Emanuel, Lower Manhattan from Apartment in Brooklyn, 1937, bronze, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Patricia and Phillip Frost, 1986.92.20

Artwork Details

Title
Lower Manhattan from Apartment in Brooklyn
Date
1937
Dimensions
8 1423 341 12 in. (21.060.53.8 cm.)
Credit Line
Gift of Patricia and Phillip Frost
Mediums
Mediums Description
bronze
Classifications
Keywords
  • Abstract
  • Cityscape — New York — New York
Object Number
1986.92.20

Artwork Description

Herzl Emanuel created this piece shortly after he moved to New York. In this early work, he experimented with cubism by breaking up and distorting the traditional landscape format. Lower Manhattan from Apartment in Brooklyn displays patterns of bricks, architectural details, fragments of the Brooklyn Bridge, and ripples of water to create an imagined cityscape of jumbled shapes and crisscrossing lines.

Luce Object Quote

“Hopefully one idea, the strongest, the most persistent, nagging and tenacious will emerge and survive, impose its will, resolve the conflict and cause a work of sculpture to come into being.” Herzl Emanuel, 1983