Rainy, moody afternoons on Madison Square

At left, Italian-American painter Alessandro Guaccimanni depicts well-dressed men and women, colorful flowers, and a rain-slicked street beside Madison Square Park in 1893.

Madison Square was ultrafashionable in Gilded Age New York City. The best-known structure on the Square was Madison Square Garden; the Flatiron Building won’t be constructed for another nine years.

This second painting depicts Fifth Avenue and 24th Street circa 1894.

Who was Guaccimanni, and what was his fascination with Madison Square? His paintings are haunting and moody, but there’s no biographical info on him to be found.

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4 Responses to “Rainy, moody afternoons on Madison Square”

  1. Nancy Says:

    These are gorgeous. Great find!

  2. Claudia Says:

    I did find a little bit about this artist

    http://www.thomascolville.com/index.cfm?pg=2&pgtitle=Inventory&m=a&k=194&z=1&f=0&v=s&p=2

    It seems he may have been a Count, and also, he had a brother Vittorio. Beautiful paintings.

  3. “Twilight in New York” « Ephemeral New York Says:

    […] This ultra-fashionable neighborhood in Gilded Age New York is the setting of some of his other equally haunting and moody works. […]

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