Einar Palme (Swedish; 1901-1993) New York Skyline; Oil on Canvas, 1930
Swedish architect Einar Palme was also a painter, generally of urban landscapes. Although his later works have a softer palette, this scene of New York Harbor is an early and bolder work for him. It was likely inspired by a trip to New York and it displays the view that most visitors had of the city as they arrived by boat from Europe or elsewhere - a huddling of skyscrapers looming over the working docks of the waterfront. Steam arises from boats coming and going from the docks. What appears to be the morning glow on the buildings contrasts well with the sky and water. As such, the depicted scene conjures up images of Oz or similar fantasy location, but it is in fact much fabled New York City. Most visitors and immigrants coming into the country through New York must have been equally enchanted of this view painted at the onset of the Depression, thinking of the possibilities that await them.
The 18” x 24” oil on canvas has been professionally relined sometime in the past and it continues to display well without needing any further correction. It is housed in a wide quality frame of the period. The frame’s overall measurements are 27 1/2” x 33 1/2” and it is good condition. A colorful and striking New York City scene from a sought-after period.
Early New York Skyline Oil on Canvas - Einar Palme, 1930