Overall: 24 x 126 1/2 x 2 1/4 in. (61 x 321.3 x 5.7 cm)
Born and raised in the Bronx, Daniel Hauben is acclaimed as one of the borough’s most versatile and prolific painters. Working in both oil and pastel, he has spent 30 years capturing the life of the Bronx, working en plein air throughout and around the borough. Vivien Raynor, writing in the New York Times in 1988 noted, “it is no great exaggeration to say that the borough – its projects, tenements and elevated railroads, its grungy colors, is to Mr. Hauben what Giverny was to Monet.” Hauben echoes this assessment: “I’m a landscape painter,” he says. “It just so happens that the landscape I paint is most often the Bronx.” His work naturally complements the Historical Society’s seminal American landscape collection both aesthetically and historically –documenting an area fast undergoing changes first in the name of progress and now gentrification. Of his acquisition of this work, Henry Luce told Jan Ramirez that he purchased it never knowing anything about the artist, but simply liking it visually: “It’s the city I know.”
Gift of Lila Luce and H. Christopher Luce in memory of Henry Luce III
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