Berry-Hill Galleries is pleased to present the first exhibition devoted exclusively to lower Manhattan's historic Washington Square. Homage to the Square: Picturing Washington Square, 1890-1965, consisting of approximately 90 works, illustrates the transformation of the neighborhood from one that catered almost exclusively to affluent New Yorkers to one which became famous as a Bohemian artists' enclave. Among the artists highlighted are William Glackens, Everett Shinn, John Sloan, Guy Pène du Bois, Edward Hopper, Oscar Bluemner, Jessie Tarbox Beals, Berenice Abbott, Weegee, André Kertész and Diane Arbus. Many of the works are on loan from museums and private collectors.
A Winter Wedding—Washington Square,1897, by Fernand Lungren (1859-1932), was painted while he lived at 3 Washington Square North. This radiantly colored work represents a neighborhood society wedding reminiscent of Henry James's literary portrait of New York's elite. A photograph by Jessie Tarbox Beals (1871-1942), the first female news photographer, entitled Washington Square North, presents an alternative view to that of Lungren's—an early morning commute of a young worker on his way to one of the nearby garment factories. She illustrates a tender and haunting image that brings to mind the tragic Triangle fire of 1911.