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Francis Guy’s Winter Scene
Posted: August 29th, 2008
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This exhibition displays a scene in downtown Brooklyn made around 1820 by the important early landscape painter Francis Guy (1760–1820). Representing the bustling village on a winter day, these monumental paintings have become iconic images of early-nineteenth-century Brooklyn.

In Winter Scene, Guy carefully delineated Brooklyn’s busy intersections and distinctive architecture, as well as the diversity of its inhabitants. While this reportorial approach suggests a local focus, the paintings participate in broader artistic trends that distinguished American scenery as a source of aesthetic beauty and national pride. Guy’s representation of the Brooklyn community comprises a range of professional, social, and ethnic groups and testifies to a Brooklyn that was marked by diversity then, as it is now.

  • Ann

    Lovely slice of everyday life which is a tribute to the average person-very refreshing and inclusive,

  • philip ramphal

    i have an original print of Francis Guy Winter scene in Brooklyn, no.
    68/500, Stamps with a seal, can you tell me what my print worth.

  • shelly curtain

    Can anyone explain what looks to be a woman in a chimney?

  • david martin

    that is actually a man and he is/was an actual chimney sweep that worked in the neigbhorhood at the time

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SundayArts is made possible in part by First Republic Bank and by the Rubin Museum of Art. Funding for SundayArts is also made possible by Rosalind P. Walter, The Paul and Irma Milstein Foundation, The Philip & Janice Levin Foundation, Elise Jaffe and Jeffrey Brown, Jody and John Arnhold, and The Lemberg Foundation. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Additional funding provided by members of THIRTEEN.