A blue morning in front of the new Penn Station

George Bellows clearly had a fascination with the construction of Penn Station. Blue Morning, from 1909, is the last of four paintings Bellow completed from 1907 to 1909 chronicling the development of this stunning transportation hub.

“Undertaken by the Pennsylvania Railroad and designed by architectural firm McKim, Mead, & White, Pennsylvania Station (more commonly known as Penn Station) was an enormously ambitious project that helped transform New York into a thriving, modern, commuter metropolis,” states the National Gallery of Art.

“The building project was of considerable interest to the public, and throughout the years that Bellows worked on these paintings, newspapers and magazines regularly reported on the station’s progress.”

“The unusual backlit composition minimizes the pit and instead focuses on the laborers working in the foreground. McKim, Mead, & White’s partially completed terminal building is visible in the distance,” according to the NGA.

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8 Responses to “A blue morning in front of the new Penn Station”

  1. Bill Wolfe Says:

    Stanley Kubrick’s movie Killer’s Kiss, from 1955, has several scenes set in Penn Station. It’s a decent movie, but the chance to take prolonged looks at this great lost building is the real thrill of watching it. An example is the last scene, where the protagonist waits at the Station.

    (It’s actually easier to enjoy the Station itself with the sound off.)

  2. countrypaul Says:

    Oh, what we lost when Penn Station went down….

  3. Bob Says:

    From the Library of Congress: “Penn. R.R. Station, N.Y., 1909”

    https://www.loc.gov/item/2014681599/

  4. Tom Dulski Says:

    Beautiful, you should have it so when you click on the painting it expands to a full page view.

  5. Joanne Says:

    There are few movie’s like Killer’s Kiss that had exterior/interior shots of old Penn Station. How beautiful it was. And how ugly and awful it became. So much of wonderful architecture has been destroyed in NY due to corruption/greed and a lack of preserving our history.

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