The Skyscrapers

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Creator

Bernard F. McMahon

Description

The fruits of the PWAP were exhibited at the Corcoran Gallery in 1934. The Roosevelt family attended the exhibition, and Eleanor personally choose a number of paintings to purchase. “The Skyscapers,” one of the paintings chosen by Mrs. Roosevelt, depicts the sense of vertigo in urban architecture in the early 20th century. McMahon’s emphasis on verticality and the depersonalization of the landscape suggests a mixed message of fear, admiration, and intrigue within the urban imaginary.

Coverage

New Deal arts programs

Source

Franklin D. Roosevelt Library and Museum

Date

1933-1934

Format

ink and pastel on paper

Type

mixed media

Original Format

print on paper

Provided By

Franklin D. Roosevelt Library and Museum

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Citation

Bernard F. McMahon, “The Skyscrapers,” Stevenson Library Digital Collections, accessed August 13, 2022, https://omekalib.bard.edu/items/show/1344.