Joseph Delaney (Tennessee/New York, 1904-1991) oil on canvas New York City street scene, titled, "Around Henry Street, 1979." Depicts a partly sunny day with multiracial crowds, automobiles and buses populating the foreground, while several New York architectural landmarks are visible in the background, including the Empire State Building, the Queensborough Bridge, and the twin towers of the World Trade Center (completed 1973, destroyed 2001). Signed "Jos. Delaney" and dated 1978 lower right. 72" x 49 3/4", in narrow (1/4" wide) plain wood frame. Note: Henry Street, located on Manhattan's lower East side, is known for its history of multicultural diversity; In recognition of this, the Henry Street School for International Studies opened its doors on Henry Street in 2004. Biography (Courtesy of Frederick C. Moffatt) – Joseph Delaney was born in Knoxville in 1904, the ninth of ten children born to a Methodist Minister. He and his older brother, Beauford, discovered their interest in art by drawing on Sunday School cards. In 1930, Joseph left Tennessee for New York where Beauford was also working as an artist, and enrolled in the Art Students League under the tutelage of Thomas Hart Benton and Alexander Brooke. The subject matter he found there, including the city's landmarks and its people, are the images for which he is best known. In 1986, Delaney returned to Knoxville to live and was artist-in-residence for the University of Tennessee Art Department until his death in 1991. Delaney's works are included in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Chicago Art Institute, The Knoxville Museum of Art, and The Smithsonian American Art Museum. CONDITION: A few scattered spots of grime and a couple of minor flakes to canvas to right margin top and center. Appears to retain the original frame. Frame has a break to upper right side near corner.
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