Workers Houses, Flushing Bay

Media - 1982.130 - SAAM-1982.130_1 - 53346
Copied Philip Evergood, Workers Houses, Flushing Bay, 1935-1945, oil on canvas, 1828 in. (45.771.1 cm), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Arnold and Augusta Newman, 1982.130

Artwork Details

Workers Houses, Flushing Bay
1828 in. (45.771.1 cm)
lower left in oil: Philip Evergood stretcher upper center in ink: WORKERS HOMES FLUSHING BAY
Credit Line
Gift of Arnold and Augusta Newman
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
  • Landscape
  • Architecture — boat
  • Landscape — coast
  • Waterscape — bay — Flushing Bay
  • Architecture Exterior — domestic — house
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Artwork Description

Many of Philip Evergood’s images protested the exploitation of America’s laborers, but this painting has a different quality. It focuses on the idea of home and community in the working-class neighborhood of Flushing Bay, in Queens. The settlement is not prosperous, but each house has its own plot of land and a few trees to soften the landscape. Smoke billowing from chimneys echoes the stacks of factories in the distance, where the people of Flushing Bay earn their living. The artist gave the painting to photographer Arnold Newman, and Newman later recalled his visit to pick it up in Evergood’s Greenwich Village studio. Evergood had decided that it needed “a spot of red here . . . He took out his paints and brushes and for four or five hours, long into the night, he reworked the canvas while I watched.” (Augusta and Arnold Newman to Adelyn Breeskin, December 28, 1982, SAAM curatorial file)