1921 American modernist oil painting of New York skyline
Colorful and expressive oil painting of New York City by renown architect and and artist Squire J. Vickers.
Squire Joseph Vickers, (1872-1942), was a true renaissance man. In addition to being an accomplished artist, painting in a fauvist style, he was the chief architect of the New York City Subway system.
Vickers began work on the New York subway system in 1906 as a young architect, and worked for 36 years, until his death in 1942. He was the system’s lead designer for almost 30 years, and is responsible for the design of approximately 3/4 of the subway system.
A recent exhibition of Vicker’s work and influence on the subway system, titled ‘Squire Vickers and the Subway’s Modern Age’, reveals much about the artist.
An article in the New York Times’ Art and Design section from Aug. 3, 2007 about the show states: “The exhibition dusts off samples of the many lushly colored Arts and Crafts influenced mosaics that Vickers and his staff designed in the late teens and 1920s along new lines in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx. Their quiltlike geometric abstractions, evoking Piet Mondrian and Sophie Taeuber-Arp, began to put a straight edge to the subway’s swoops and curlicues, its terra-cotta cornucopias and floral medallions.”
This wonderful modernist painting depicts the sun’s rays breaking through the Manhattan skyline, with a lone tree in the foreground.
It is signed and dated lower left, (the date appears to be 1921).
Measures 11.5″ x 15.5 sight size, and 17.25″ x 21.25″ x 2″ overall including frame.