Washington Square Park, circa 1910
Oil on canvas, 20 x 16 inches
Signed Lawson lower right Inscribed To my friend Ferdinand, E Lawson, lower right center
Early 20th-Century Whistler style Frame
Collection of Ferdinand Howald (see inscription)
Private Collection, Germany
In this scene of everyday urban life, a subject typical of his fellow Ash Can School artists, Ernest Lawson has captured the sensation of a wintry late afternoon in Washington Square Park. The rough-hewn nature of the artist’s brushwork, with its thin structure of subdued hues over-painted with spontaneous buttery strokes, creates a sense of shimmering light and motion seen in the lacy tree limbs, the receding omnibus, and pedestrians picking their way through the melting snow. Bathed in a golden, nostalgic light, this turn-of-the-century scene of old New York is a tapestry of color and form.