Bits of light illuminating the East River at night

There’s a moody blue-black sky over the lower end of a smoke-choked East River in this painting, “Night, East River, New York,” by Danish-born Impressionist and New York transplant Johann Berthelsen.


Streaks of flickering light from the Brooklyn side illuminate the tugboat, the bridge, and the belching smokestacks of a long-gone industrial city.

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3 Responses to “Bits of light illuminating the East River at night”

  1. petey Says:

    that’s splendid.
    i’d never heard of berthelsen, thanks for another discovery!

  2. visualingual Says:

    Wow, wow, wow… I’d never heard of him either, and his work is incredible!

  3. wildnewyork Says:

    He’s new to me too!

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