A misty, muted view of the East River

“East River Scene” by American painter Elias Ben Delman gives us smoke-spewing tugboats, murky blue-gray water, and a Manhattan skyline that seems obscure and awfully far away.

This painting has something subdued yet magical going on. I wish I knew more about the artist and the scene he chose to depict. 

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15 Responses to “A misty, muted view of the East River”

  1. mykola (mick) dementiuk Says:

    Yes must be a secluded private painter. His biography doesn’t say much at all.

  2. oscar Says:

    that is a nice one..
    i also like “View of New York from Brooklyn Heights” from an earlier era:


  3. wildnewyork Says:

    That’s a great one too. The East River inspires a lot of painters:

  4. Pattye Says:

    If you are still interested in this painter, please contact me. pattye255@yahoo.com

  5. Rene Says:

    Elias Ben Delman was a Public Works Art Project painter, and later a Works Project Administration Artist who signed his paintings “Ben Delman.” His name and address are cited in a PWAP Government Report dated 1934 (Region 2. Address: 2800 Bronx Park East, NYC, NY). Photographs of Delman’s WPA/FAP-sponsored art, circa 1940-1941,are in Archives of American Art (Smithsonian) records (R: 1163). The Rochester Young Scholars Academy at Geneseo, NY, has several FAP/WPA oils by Delman in its collection, titled “The Goldfish Globe,” and “California Fruit,” 24” x 30” and 24.5” x 29.5”, respectively. (This short bio is from a 500+ page biographical dictionary of New Deal artists I’ve been working on for the last 4 years).

  6. Sharon Says:

    He was my grandfather. We have over 60 of his paintings and are searching for more of them.

    • Rosalie Tornello Says:

      I have a 6×8 black and what was once probably white sketch or etching which depicts several windmills in what is possibly a farm setting. It hung in my parents’ home since at least the 1930’s. It is signed, in pencil, E. B. Delman.

      Might this be the work of your grandfather?

    • Shiraz Biggie Says:

      Sharon – if by chance you still check here, I’m curious about your grandfather and whether he also wrote arts/theatre reviews in the Forward or other Yiddish papers.

    • Howard Langer Says:


      I have a full portrait of my grandfather by your grandfather that I much cherish. P My grandfather was his dentist and I believe the portrait was for dental work during the depression. I would be happy to send you a photo of it if I somehow I had your email.

      Howard Langer

  7. ephemeralnewyork Says:

    He’s wonderful and left a beautiful artistic legacy.

    • Sharon Says:

      Thank you for your kind words. We’re developing a proposal for a retrospective exhibit of his artwork.

      • Hunter Says:

        Sharon, I’d love to speak with you about your grandfather’s work, specifically this piece. I’m working on a television show here in NYC and we would love to be able to get permission to use this piece on one of our sets. Please feel free to contact me: publicmoralsart@gmail.com.

      • Howard Langer Says:

        I am not sure how to work this or if you got my reply. I have a full portrait of my grandfather at his desk by your grandfather who was his patient (My grandfather was a dentist). It’s something I very much cherish and if you would like a picture just let me know. Hlanger@langergrogan.com

  8. Howard Langer Says:

    My email re the portrait: Hlanger@langergrogan.com

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