Beautiful New York

A Celebration of the City

Top 20 Greatest NYC Paintings — #3

Washington Square by Thomas Hart Benton

04-04 Washington Square

Few subjects are more fun for an artist at work than artists at work. And New York has always been a mecca for artists at work. The free spirited, progressive, fun-loving atmosphere of Greenwich Village has long been Shangri La for the arts. Thomas Hart Benton, the country boy from Missouri, was no stranger to the neighborhood’s charms, nor to its community. Yet he was a realist, with no time for the experiments of Kandinsky or Warhol, whose work he called “bughouse art”. Here, Benton celebrates a beautiful summer day with his colleagues, doing what he loved and believed in most — painting what they see.

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