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Artist
Alexander Brook
Title
Savannah Street Corner
Date
c. 1938 - 1948
Medium
oil on canvas
Dimensions
Sight: 25 5/8 × 33 1/2 inches (65.1 × 85.1 cm)Framed: 31 1/8 × 39 1/8 × 1 3/8 inches (79.1 × 99.4 × 3.5 cm)
Tags
Painting
Credit Line
Gift of the Artist.
Accession Number
1972.22.7
An important player in the New York art world of the 1920s and 30s, Alexander Brook served as assistant director at the Whitney Studio Club (a precursor to the Whitney Museum) and exhibited his work widely. Between 1938 and 1948, Savannah served as both a source of inspiration for Brook and an intermittent home, and his studio on River Street became a focal point for artist friends from New York and local artists alike. Brook favored subjects from Savannah’s less affluent neighborhoods, saying, “I am more concerned, both sympathetically and aesthetically with the simpler and sadder things about me.” The building shown in Savannah Street Corner may be the Union Branch Baptist Church, which stood in the neighborhood known as Frogtown on the city’s west side. Though the painting is signed, the unfinished figures on the left and the barely concealed revisions to the church steeples indicate that the work is unfinished.