Friday, March 27

Enchanting rainy evenings in the Gilded Age city


Hoffbauer, New York Public Library
"Impressionist painter Charles Constantin Hoffbauer, born in 1875, must have loved the rain. He painted many scenes of streetlights and roadways and cable cars and black-clad people slick with rain, some depicting his native Paris but many of New York, where he arrived just before 1910. His New York is an evening or nighttime city on the move, one of melancholy skies illuminated by billboards and store windows. The exact location of each scene isn’t always clear, but the first image could be close to Times Square, with the Times building in the back. Next up is the very recognizable New York Public Library main building, an El station off in the distance. The third might be Madison Square Park’s Met Life Tower, flanked by the second version of Madison Square Garden in dark shadows. More images of a stormy, moody city can be found here."
Ephemeral New York

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