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Trinity Church and Wall Street
Accession # 30.1109
Artist Bertram Hartman
Title Trinity Church and Wall Street
Date 1929
Medium Oil on canvas
Dimensions 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)
Credit Line John B. Woodward Memorial Fund
Location American Identities: Centennial Era

Curatorial Remarks: 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.