Trinity Church and Wall Street
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Skyscrapers loom above older buildings, planes fly overhead, and people crowd the sidewalks in this dramatic bird’seye view of Manhattan’s Wall Street. Bertram Hartman’s meaning may not be quite so straightforward, however. He painted Trinity Church and Wall Street in the year of a great stock market crash that devastated the nation’s economy. By showing the gothic spires of Trinity Church overshadowed by skyscrapers, Hartman may have intended his viewers to contemplate the relationship between spiritual and material needs in modern life.
Oil on canvas
50 x 30in. (127 x 76.2cm)
frame: 55 1/2 x 35 1/2 x 2 in. (141 x 90.2 x 5.1 cm) (show scale)
John B. Woodward Memorial Fund
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Bertram Hartman (American, 1882-1960). Trinity Church and Wall Street, 1929. Oil on canvas, 50 x 30in. (127 x 76.2cm). Brooklyn Museum, John B. Woodward Memorial Fund, 30.1109
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