Saturday, August 18, 2012

FlatIron Building - SOLD

Acrylic on 9x12 canvas sheet
Available through DPW gallery/auction

I love to paint NYC street scenes. So many interesting areas in the city, a wonderful feast for the eyes. Whether it's the people, the architecture, the streets & traffic - or just the whole overall scene - NYC offers an artist a vast array of images to "capture."

This is a scene on 5th avenue, near 22nd street. And the building centered is the FlatIron building. A triangular shaped building that stands out from any angle you see it. I have also submitted this to the DPW challenge on street views.

Here's a little history about this building (taken from Wikipedia:
The Flatiron Building (or Fuller Building, as it was originally called) is located at 175 Fifth Avenue in the borough of Manhattan, New York City and is considered to be a groundbreaking skyscraper. Upon completion in 1902, it was one of the tallest buildings in the city and one of only two skyscrapers north of 14th Street – the other being the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Tower, one block east. The building sits on a triangular island-block formed by Fifth Avenue, Broadway and East 22nd Street, with 23rd Street grazing the triangle's northern (uptown) peak. As with numerous other wedge-shaped buildings, the name "Flatiron" derives from its resemblance to a cast-iron clothes iron.

The building anchors the south (downtown) end of Madison Square and the north (uptown) end of the Ladies' Mile Historic District. The neighborhood around it is called the Flatiron District after its signature building, which has become an icon of New York City. The building was designated a New York City landmark in 1966, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979, and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1989.


CrimsonLeaves said...

I love how you handled the buildings in the distance, Nan. Spot on perfection and I loved reading about the Flatiron building. Buildings on these types of corners are always so interesting to my eyes.

Nan Johnson said...

A wonderful old movie was on while I painted this "Bell, Book & Candle" - with a scene between Jimmy Stewart & Kim Novak filmed on the roof of this wonderful building. I recommend the movie, it's one of my favorites!


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