John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
John Heaton

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Art on Sunday: Sunset at Gowanus Bay in the Bay New York

Henry Gritten (1818 – 1873)
Sunset at Gowanus Bay in the Bay New York, 1851
Oil on wood panel
Gritten, Sunset at Gowanus Bay in the Bay New York
Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts, Hobart, Tasmania

My posting of this painting was inspired by an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. See, there was this hired killer, and they found him hiding out in a warehouse near, and then later chased him on foot alongside, something called the Gowanus Canal. I'd never heard of any Gowanus Canal, so naturally I looked it up on Wikipedia. Accompanying the article was this painting, which, er, does not show the canal, having been painted 18 years before it was built. But I guess that's where the canal is now. Too bad it looks like this now, instead of like it does in the painting.

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