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Category Archives: Paintings

Sly Santas and Toy Trains: Two Centuries of Holiday Celebrations at New-York Historical

Despite busy schedules, throngs of tourists and cold temperatures, you would be hard-pressed to find a New Yorker who doesn’t find joy in holiday traditions. How would we know it was December without the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, store windows on Fifth Avenue, street vendors selling chestnuts, and nostalgic subway trains and toy train exhibitions? Thousands have already […]

Let’s Pretend It’s Spring in New York

It is still so cold in New York. We had a Nor’easter Bomb yesterday and now it’s still cold and dreary, so let’s fantasize about the warmth and sun and color that comes in spring. Technically that’s supposed to be right now, but we’ll just have to dream for another week or so. The above […]

Renoir’s Impressionist Algerian Girl at the Armory Show

Tomorrow, The Armory Show at 100: Modern Art and Revolution opens at the New-York Historical Society. Featuring over 100 works from the original 1913 Armory Show, the exhibition examines how the Impressionist, Avant-Garde, and other modern works changed the way America looked at art. One such work was Algerian Girl by Pierre-Auguste Renoir. From 1881 to […]

Beauties of the Gilded Age: Mrs. Jerome Napoleon Bonaparte

Next week, Beauty’s Legacy: Gilded Age Portraits in America opens at the New-York Historical Society. The exhibition examines the popular resurgence of portraiture in the United States during the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century, when many families—enjoying newfound wealth brought on by industrial expansion—sought to document those their new wealth benefited. One such woman was Caroline LeRoy Appleton […]

No Matter The Reason, Celebration In Times Square

In a few days, thousands of people will brave the cold to ring in the new year in Times Square. The ball will drop, confetti will go up, couples will kiss, and there may be a celebratory drink or two. The mood in Times Square was much the same on VJ Day, which brought an […]

Beauty in Strength: The Athlete of the Marié Miniatures

It’s easy to assume the women of high society in the Gilded Age did nothing more than sip champagne and attend parties with the rest of Mrs. Astor’s 400. But not every woman who counted herself among New York’s elite was content to just sit back and enjoy the party. Edith Hope Goddard was one woman who […]

Celebrating Christmas By Crossing the Delaware

What did you do on Christmas morning? Slowly sipped coffee as you rustled through your stockings? Chatted with friends and family at church? Stealthily crossed a frigid river for a surprise attack against Hessian forces? That last one is what George Washington did in 1776 at the Battle of Trenton, a moment that artist Mort Künstler […]

Richard Haas’ Cityscapes

When the New-York Historical Society reopens in November, the 77th Street Rotunda will be adorned with four works from artist Richard Haas’ Cityscape cycle–paintings which depict a 360 degree view of New York City’s skyline. Originally displayed in the employee dining room of the Philip Morris headquarters in 1982, Haas tells us his goal was […]