Penn Station at War Time

  • Joseph Delaney, Penn Station at War Time, 1943, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Joseph Delaney, 1970.176

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For almost sixty years Delaney painted life in New York City with the discriminating eye of a caricaturist: “The real community is out there in the street where everyone is equal.” Penn Station at War Time is an amusing image of travelers struggling to make their way through a dense mass of people as they rush to catch their trains. Only a few stand out in the tangle of torsos and limbs. Despite its apparent spontaneity, Penn Station at War Time is a sophisticated painting. Delaney bisected the canvas horizontally to contrast the volumetric expanse of the architecture with the linear energy of the crowd below.

African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era, and Beyond, 2012
Penn Station at War Time
Not on view
34 x 48 1/8 in. (86.4 x 122.2 cm.)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Joseph Delaney

Mediums Description
oil on canvas
  • Architecture Interior – civic – Pennsylvania Station
  • Object – other – flag
  • Travel
  • Architecture Interior – civic – railroad station
  • History – United States – World War II
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