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Early Spring Afternoon--Central Park

Willard Leroy Metcalf

American Art

On View: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, The United States on the World Stage, 1865–1930
Willard Leroy Metcalf painted this panoramic view of Central Park as he saw it from his apartment on Manhattan’s West Side. His vantage point high above the park promoted a softening of detail and atmosphere that was enhanced by his delicate brushwork.

Metcalf may have been inspired by the bird’s-eye city views of the French Impressionists, including Claude Monet, whom he had come to know personally during several extended summer stays in Giverny, France, during the mid-1880s.
MEDIUM Oil on canvas
DATES 1911
DIMENSIONS 35 15/16 x 35 15/16 in. (91.3 x 91.3 cm) Frame: 52 1/4 x 52 1/4 x 2 1/2 in. (132.7 x 132.7 x 6.4 cm)  (show scale)
SIGNATURE Signed lower left: "W. L. Metcalf. 1911"
INSCRIPTIONS Inscribed on stretcher: "Early Spring Afternoon--Central Park / W.L. Metcalf -- April 1911"
CREDIT LINE Frank L. Babbott Fund
CAPTION Willard Leroy Metcalf (American, 1858-1925). Early Spring Afternoon--Central Park, 1911. Oil on canvas, 35 15/16 x 35 15/16 in. (91.3 x 91.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Frank L. Babbott Fund, 66.85 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 66.85_SL1.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 66.85_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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