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Drawing, Abstract Cityscape

This is a Drawing. We acquired it in 1992. Its medium is graphite, orange crayon on wove paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

As a young man, Winold Reiss trained as an artist in Munich before immigrating to America in 1913. As a working artist in New York City, he established a reputation for producing bold graphics and colorful modern interiors. During the 1920s, he was hired to illustrate important figures of the Harlem Renaissance for several publications. This abstract illustration of a cityscape is likely a preparatory study for a commission. The jumbled, angular rendering suggests the hyperactive nature of an urban environment enduring rapid growth.

This object was donated by Anonymous.

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Drawing, Abstract Cityscape; USA; graphite, orange crayon on wove paper; 1992-127-1

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s.

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