Agnes Tait – Skating in Central Park (1934)

A year ago I was sharing with you Hendrick Avercamp’s Winter Landscape with Ice Skaters, an early-17th century outdoors scene depicting the dwellers of a Dutch community having fun and making the most of the cold weather. This year, however, we’re going to 20th century New York. American painter Agnes Tait would probably be completely…

Edward Hopper – New York Movie (1939)

“In these days of wars and rumors of wars – haven’t you ever dreamed of a place where there was peace and security, where living was not a struggle but a lasting delight?” This is the question that starts off Frank Capra’s 1937 movie, Lost Horizon. “Of course you have. So has every man since…

Lily Furedi – The Subway (1934)

Born in Hungary into a family of musicians, Lily Furedi (1896 – 1969) was a Hungarian-American artist who moved to the United States in 1927 and lived there for the rest of her life. The Subway was painted in 1934, after Furedi had just been accepted in the federal program Public Works of Art Projects,…