Squire J. Vickers

American (1872–1947)

Cityscape with Sun

1927

Oil on burlap

Museum purchase

2011.3.2

Vickers studied architecture at Cornell University and was Chief Designing Architect for the New York subway system (1906–1942). He also painted. After the famous 1913 Armory Show introducing European modernism to America, he turned away from naturalistic representation. He began using simplified forms and expressive color deriving from Expressionism and Cubism. The energetic city scene relates to dynamic, cubist-inspired views of Manhattan made during this era.

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