Childe Hassam
Sunday on Fifth Avenue (Fifth Avenue, Church Parade)
Watercolor on paper, 30 x 19 inches
Private Collection

Paintings of New York: 1800 to 1950

November 15, 2005 – January 28, 2006

Berry-Hill Galleries is pleased to present Paintings of New York: 1800 to 1950 held in conjunction with the publication of Paintings of New York by Pomegranate Press, the fifth in a series of books focusing on art of the different regions of the United States. The book is authored by Bruce Weber, Director of Research and Exhibitions at Berry-Hill Galleries.

The exhibition will consist of approximately forty paintings dating from 1800 to 1950, featuring the borough of Manhattan and its surrounding waters and bridges, offering a rich visual survey of the artists who have been devoted to depicting the city’s rivers, streets, parks, skyscrapers, and day-to-day life of its people. Paintings of New York: 1800 to 1950 will include major loans from museums and private collections, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of the City of New York, The New-York Historical Society, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University and The Newark Museum.

The early history of the city will be represented by paintings such as Johannes Adam Simon Oertel’s Pulling Down the Statue of George the III (The New-York Historical Society) which depicts the celebratory aftermath of the reading of the Declaration of Independence to Washington’s troops on the New York commons. Nineteenth-century visions of Central Park, such as John O’Brien Inman’s Moonlight Skating (Museum of the City of New York), and of Wall Street, such as Childe Hassam’s Lower Manhattan (Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University) will be featured alongside more personal vistas and intimate portraits of twentieth-century city life such as Edward Hopper’s Manhattan Bridge and Lilly Apartments (Private Collection) and Jacob Lawrence’s Harlem Diner (Private Collection). These works and others will illustrate the major themes explored in the publication.