A wet and windy night in Washington Square

Washington Square enchants in Everett Shinn’s depiction of a blustery and busy night there in 1910. A member of the Ashcan School, Shinn favored scenes of city life and social realism.

Everett Shinn - Washington Square, New York, 1910

“He painted tenement fires, bread lines, and theater scenes, but he especially liked to depict the parks and squares of the city; Washington Square, a 13.5 acre park in the midst of New York City’s Greenwich Village, was his favorite,” states the website for the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, which owns this painting.

When asked for his opinion on the most beautiful place in New York, Shinn replied, “When I want to be sure to find beauty I go to Washington Square. . . . No matter what the conditions may be under which I see it—no matter what my mood may be—I feel almost sure that it will appeal to me as beautiful.”

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6 Responses to “A wet and windy night in Washington Square”

  1. Maggie's Farm Says:

    The Ashcan School

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  2. ephemeralnewyork Says:

    Don’t forget, George Bellows lived on East 19th Street, right near the park.

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