Waterfront – Brooklyn

Media - 1964.1.121 - SAAM-1964.1.121_1 - 1826
Copied Harry Shokler, Waterfront--Brooklyn, ca. 1934, oil on canvas, 2840 in. (71.1101.6 cm.), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the U.S. Department of Labor, 1964.1.121

Artwork Details

Waterfront – Brooklyn
ca. 1934
2840 in. (71.1101.6 cm.)
back in blue crayon: #11 stretcher in black paint: NYRC #1078 stretcher in black pencil: 28 x 40
Credit Line
Transfer from the U.S. Department of Labor
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
  • Figure group
  • Landscape
  • Cityscape — New York — Brooklyn
  • Cityscape — river — East River
  • Cityscape — wharf
  • Architecture — industry — shipyard
  • Cityscape — weather — snow
  • Cityscape — New York — Manhattan
  • New Deal — Public Works of Art Project — New York City
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Artwork Description

This image shows a busy Brooklyn harbor with a view of Manhattan in the distance. Many artists during the 1930s focused on laborers and industrial scenes to emphasize the value of hard work in pulling the country out of the Depression. The smoking chimneys, groups of workers, and tracks in the snow evoke a sense of activity and perseverance in the face of hardship. To Americans in the 1930s, the skyscrapers of New York symbolized the city’s achievements and sustained the hope that the country’s economy would recover.