• Activity: Lower Manhattan, New York City, c. 1935 {from Brooklyn Bridge Park}
  • Oil on canvas
  • 18 x 23 inches
  • Signed lower left

Ferne frequently depicted New York City’s bustling harbor, filled with the dark forms of steamboats puffing smoke into the air against the backdrop of the lower Manhattan skyline. Many such scenes, including numerous watercolor sketches and the Activity: Lower Manhattan, New York City oil from 1925, are painted from a similar view point looking onto the East River and the Financial District from what is now Brooklyn Bridge Park. From this perspective, Ferne was able to capture the energy of the thriving metropolis and paint the rapidly changing skyline and its newly emerging skyscrapers.

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