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Trinity Church and Wall Street

Bertram Hartman

American Art

On View: American Identities: A New Look, Modern Life, 5th Floor

This dramatic bird's-eye view of Manhattan's Wall Street invites consideration of the technological and market energies of the modern world. Skyscrapers loom above older buildings, planes fly overhead, and people crowd the sidewalks of the famous financial district. 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. Is it possible that by showing the gothic spires of Trinity Church overshadowed by skyscapers, Hartman intended his viewers to contemplate the relationship between spiritual and rnaterial needs in modern life?

MEDIUM Oil on canvas
DATES 1929
DIMENSIONS 50 x 30 in. (127.0 x 76.2 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS American Art
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in American Identities: A New Look, Modern Life, 5th Floor
ACCESSION NUMBER 30.1109
CREDIT LINE John B. Woodward Memorial Fund
RIGHTS STATEMENT No known copyright restrictions
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CAPTION Bertram Hartman (American, 1882-1960). Trinity Church and Wall Street, 1929. Oil on canvas, 50 x 30 in. (127.0 x 76.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, John B. Woodward Memorial Fund, 30.1109
IMAGE overall, 30.1109_PS1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2007
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