This New York City street scene features two women walking along the sidewalk just past a street corner. The sun streams down the street behind them, casting the rest of the scene in shadow. The bright colors of the facades and cloudless blue sky complete the scene.
The street corner shown in the painting is Greenwich Avenue and West 10th. The building that housed the grocery store and adjacent one-story building still stands on the far corner. Ault lived and worked in Greenwich Village and a gouache of this same corner from an upper story window, View from my Window, 1927, illustrates his familiarity with this spot.
[Downtown Gallery, New York];
Howard L. King, Port Washington, New York;
By descent in the family, 1958-early 2000s;
[Martha Parrish & James Reinish, New York];
Private collection, New York and Boston, until 2019;
[Menconi + Schoelkopf, New York];
New York. Downtown Gallery. George C. Ault: Recent Work, November 19-December 8, 1928, cat. no. 8.
New York. Downtown Gallery. 33 Moderns, January 28-February 15, 1930, cat. no. 1, ill.
“Ault and Others Return To Local Art Gallery,” New York American, November 11, 1928, ill. Clipping in George Ault Papers, Reel D247, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Louise Ault, “Ault Estate, Record of Works of Art by George C. Ault,” as “Greenwich Avenue, Sunday, Oil 24 x 30, produced 1927, Sold: Downtown Gallery N.Y.C., 1929.” George Ault Papers, Reel 1927, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Meleko Mokgosi receives the Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Fine Arts for paintings that rely on intensive research, reflection, and conversation in order to address widespread misrepresentation of Africa and Africans, and to accurately portray the continent’s complex social and political realities.
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