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Manhattan: Gallery Label - Current


Minneapolis Institute of Arts



Institution Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Manhattan, created around 1947 by an unknown artist, depicts a cityscape, complemented by a verdant park. Inspired by New York City and its Central Park, it reflects the idealism of the Midtown skyline, bustling with new architecture and business opportunities in the post-WWII period. A color scheme of mauvish brown, chartreuse, and salmon depicts nature and city as one; the skyscrapers seem to be growing as quickly as the trees. The unrealistic color and composition of the buildings, as well as the animation of the trees, draws a strong relationship between textile design and printmaking as well as book illustration from this period. Each color was printed separately in a fairly complex process.
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Type: Commentary, Gallery Label - Current
Source: Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Rights: Copyright Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Added to Site: July 9, 2010