A little girl’s enchantment with Gramercy Park

George Bellows’ 1920 painting Gramercy Park explodes with light and color. It’s a park he knew well; he and his family lived around the corner on East 19th Street.


“The central figure in white is Bellows’s older daughter Anne and situated just behind her in a purple frock is [second daughter] Jean,” states Christies.com.

“Bellows, in the present work depicts the corner of the park bordering Gramercy Park South and Gramercy Park West. The columns that make up the imposing Tuscan facade of the theater club known as The Players located next to the National Arts Club at 16 Gramercy Park West are just visible along the left edge of the composition.

“Facing the viewer in the background beyond the iron fence are the row of brownstones that line Gramercy Park West.”

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13 Responses to “A little girl’s enchantment with Gramercy Park”

  1. Frank M Says:

    National Arts is actually on Gramercy Park South.

  2. ephemeralnewyork Says:

    Yes. Christie’s mistake!

  3. mykola (mick) dementiuk Says:

    Looks like Alice in Wonderland, seems like she’ll drop at any moment.

  4. John Says:

    Really enjoy your blog! It has opened my eyes to many subtle layers of Manhattan.
    This reminds me of Central Park on hallucinogens!

  5. ephemeralnewyork Says:

    thank you! Yes, it’s got a psychedelic feel!

  6. safelake Says:

    Reblogged this on Lavender Turquois.

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  10. Laura Vazquez Says:

    I have this Picture “A Little Girl Enchantment with Gramercy Park” A Oil Painting dated 1920 by George Bellows.A Collection of Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney. How much is this picture worth?

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  12. trilby1895 Says:

    To me, this is reminiscent of an illustration from a Brothers Grimm fairy tale; Gretel searching for Hans; grim, ominous.

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