Early Spring Afternoon--Central Park
Willard Leroy Metcalf
On View: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, The United States on the World Stage, 1865–1930
Willard Leroy Metcalf painted this panoramic view of Central Park as he saw it from his apartment on Manhattan’s West Side. His vantage point high above the park promoted a softening of detail and atmosphere that was enhanced by his delicate brushwork.
Metcalf may have been inspired by the bird’s-eye city views of the French Impressionists, including Claude Monet, whom he had come to know personally during several extended summer stays in Giverny, France, during the mid-1880s.
Oil on canvas
35 15/16 x 35 15/16 in. (91.3 x 91.3 cm)
Frame: 52 1/4 x 52 1/4 x 2 1/2 in. (132.7 x 132.7 x 6.4 cm) (show scale)
Signed lower left: "W. L. Metcalf. 1911"
Inscribed on stretcher: "Early Spring Afternoon--Central Park / W.L. Metcalf -- April 1911"
Frank L. Babbott Fund
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Willard Leroy Metcalf (American, 1858-1925). Early Spring Afternoon--Central Park, 1911. Oil on canvas, 35 15/16 x 35 15/16 in. (91.3 x 91.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Frank L. Babbott Fund, 66.85 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 66.85_SL1.jpg)
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