Notes on Art

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Title

Notes on Art

Subject

A personal note from LeRoy Neiman on Central Park.

Description

This note from LeRoy Neiman gives an overview of Central Park, in particular Bethesda Terrace. Neiman made multiple works depicting the location, including a print and poster which was widely distributed. The note is one of a series the artist wrote on parks.

Creator

LeRoy Neiman

Source

LeRoy Neiman Foundation

Publisher

LeRoy Neiman Foundation

Date

c. 2007-11

Contributor

LeRoy Neiman

Rights

Property of the LeRoy Neiman Foundation; please consult the organization's archivist for further details.

Format

Image/jpeg

Language

English

Type

Document

Identifier

LN_Notes_1766

Coverage

New York (N.Y.) New York

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Text

CENTRAL PARK - THE PEOPLE'S PARK
[Central Park is a landmark and a major urban institution. A completely man-made landscape under the direction of Frederick Law [Olmsted] and his partner Calvert Vaux. / The one formal element -- the centerpiece -- the epicenter in Central Park is Bethesda Terrace... the heart of Central Park since 1861. / An open air reception hall that served as my outdoor studio just a few steps from my indoor atelier. / Stonework, emblematic and ornamental carvings, friezes and medallions, allegorical scenes of day and night at the entrance. / Deep reliefs depicting animals, birdlife and vegetation of the four seasons flank the stairs leading down to the terrace. / Ornamental capstones on pedestals... Gothic sense of detail mirrors and the surrounding microcosm. / Elegance and charm.] grandeur, magnificence / [The terrace is the architectural heart of the Park. [Olmsted] and Vaux described Bethesda Terrace as an "open-air reception hall... with the same position of relative importance that a mansion should occupy" in a private estate. Referred to Central Park as a bit of country in the city. The Terrace as well a bit of architecture in the country /] Park Pedestal Sculpture / Poets, Composers, writers / VERDI - DANTE Sq. / Shakespeare-Shelley, Beethoven, sculpture on ped. / "The artist on Pedestal" / FOUNTAIN / NO PAINTERS - SCULPTURES Represented by sculpture

Original Format

Wordprocessed with pencil and felt-tipped pen on paper.

Files

LN_Notes_1766.jpg

Citation

LeRoy Neiman , “Notes on Art,” LeRoy Neiman Foundation, accessed August 16, 2022, https://leroyneimanfoundation.omeka.net/items/show/153.