Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Visual Food for Thought week 7 - A Winter night in New York by Guy Wiggins


http://www.rehs.com/guy_c_wiggins_the_new_york_scene.html?page=1&key=72

With all the snow pouring down here in NYC, I find myself reminiscing about the hard treks I used to take with my mom downtown. Wrapped in the most uncomfortable snow suits imaginable, the snow transformed me into a living breathing snowman!

I chose this next VFFT piece because it encapsulates nostalgic NYC with a heavy touch of impressionism. Guy Wiggins was an artist who lived from 1883 to 1962. I thought that was pretty cool because he was able to live out the last two decades of the 19th century and experience all the advancements of the 20th century as it progressed. He lived through both world wars and millions of structural and cultural transformations to this city, and to the world. If any artist had something to paint about, it was him!

Looking at this painting, you can feel the wet, the cold, and the wind rustling the coats of the passerby's. When I saw this painting (previously located at REHS Galleries, inc), I immediately recognized the Plaza Hotel (popularly known as the home of the fictitious Elois!). Its shows the rising skyline around this grand building, successfully incorporating an older world with a blossoming new metropolis. I've walked by the Plaza many times in my travels. The whole area around it really takes you back to a different time, with a open square surrounded by horse and carriages. One block over and your back to the 21st century. sigh... too bad I have to take the train.

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