Beautiful New York

A Celebration of the City

Top 20 Greatest NYC Paintings — #11

Horse Drawn Cabs at Evening, New York by Childe Hassam

03-15 Horse Drawn Coach at Evening

Childe Hassam had a special relationship with New York, proclaiming it “The most beautiful city in the world. There is no boulevard in all Paris that compares to our own Fifth Avenue.” Indeed, we could easily fill this list entirely with Childe Hassam paintings. But we chose this one because, even after the passing century, the scene is so familiar. On a gray, rainy evening, wealthy ladies walk up tensely Fifth Avenue, under their umbrellas, unable to get a cab. Across the street from the dripping trees of Madison Square Park, the light from the bright and cheery stores adds the only color to an otherwise drab and dreary evening.

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