Ben Benn (1884–1983), Landscape, Staten Island, N.Y., 1920
Oil on canvas. Promised gift of Elie and Sarah Hirschfeld, Scenes of New York City
This painting presents a bucolic Staten Island. Regular ferry service beginning in 1817 made the borough an accessible and appealing escape from Manhattan. The stacking trees and fields and broad swathes of color distinguish Benn’s modernist approach to landscape.
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