Workers Houses, Flushing Bay

  • Philip Evergood, Workers Houses, Flushing Bay, 1935-1945, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Arnold and Augusta Newman, 1982.130

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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)

Title
Workers Houses, Flushing Bay
Artist
Date
1935-1945
On View
Dimensions
18 x 28 in. (45.7 x 71.1 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Arnold and Augusta Newman

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Architecture – boat
  • Landscape – coast
  • Architecture Exterior – domestic – house
  • Waterscape – bay – Flushing Bay
Object Number
1982.130
Palette
Linked Open Data
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ca. 1926-1931
etching on paper
1930
etching and engraving
1962
charcoal, sepia ink and watercolor on paper

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