New York City View

by Alfred S. Mira (1900–1980)
Oil on canvas board
16 x 12 inches
On verso: NY City View / ARTIST: MIRA

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Provenance

H. V. Allison & Co., New York, New York

Martha Parrish & James Reinish, Inc., New York, New York, acquired from above, 1994

Carey Ellis Company, Houston, Texas, (probably) acquired from above, ca. 1994

Private collection, Norfolk, Virginia, from above

Sale, Bonhams, New York, New York, May 20, 2021, lot 22, from above

Artist Biography

Painting during the mid-twentieth century, Alfred S. Mira created intimate views of New York City’s most beloved landmarks. Perhaps inspired by the Realism and urban subject matter of earlier American art movements, Mira captured the atmosphere and scenery associated with particular sites, transporting viewers to Federal Hall, the Plaza Hotel, and the New York Public Library. In his more daring compositions, Mira painted angled, bird’s eye viewpoints, thereby creating what one critic categorized as “moving camera eye impressions.” Mira was noted as a gifted Realist; his paintings were exhibited at both Corcoran Gallery biennials and the Pennsylvania

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Painting during the mid-twentieth century, Alfred S. Mira created intimate views of New York City’s most beloved landmarks. Perhaps inspired by the Realism and urban subject matter of earlier American art movements, Mira captured the atmosphere and scenery associated with particular sites, transporting viewers to Federal Hall, the Plaza Hotel, and the New York Public Library. In his more daring compositions, Mira painted angled, bird’s eye viewpoints, thereby creating what one critic categorized as “moving camera eye impressions.” Mira was noted as a gifted Realist; his paintings were exhibited at both Corcoran Gallery biennials and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts annuals.

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