The Flatiron Building. Artist: Samuel Halpert (American, Bialystok, Russia 1884-1930 Detroit, Michigan). Dimensions: 40 x 34 in. (101.6 x 86.4 cm). Date: 1919.
Halpert studied with Robert Henri in 1912 at the progressive Ferrer Center on New York's Lower East Side (George Bellows was also on the faculty). He became active in various modernist organizations, including the Society of Independent Artists and the Whitney Studio Club. This dynamic painting of New York's Flatiron neighborhood, on the edge of Madison Square Park, is representative of his more naturalistic work from the late teens. Yet Halpert may be better known for his early marriage to Edith Gregor Fiviosioovitch, who later opened the landmark Downtown Gallery, where she promoted the work of leading American modernists--as well as historical American folk art--from 1926 to 1970. Museum: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA.
June 21st, 2019
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