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Illustration Art, Finance, Wall Street, New York Stock Exchange Interior, John Moodie, Vintage Watercolor, 1960

$2,700

John Moodie (b. 1918-after 1971)
New York Stock Exchange
American: c. 1950s-1960s
Watercolor on illustration board
Signed lower left
19 x 26.75 inches

View of the interior of the New York Stock Exchange from the balcony overlooking the trading floor, as it was in about 1960. American and New York State flags flank the black trading board at the front of the room. A smaller ticker sign is mounted in the corner to the right of the New York State flag. The semi-abstract brushwork —  a typical style of the early 1960s —  captures the frenetic activity of the traders below.

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Description

John A. Moodie was an American painter and illustrator. Born in New Jersey, he graduated from Parsons School of Art and maintained studios in New York City and Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Moodie described his style as “decorative realism,” depicting recognizable scenes in a painterly style with calligraphic brushwork. He published his illustrations in books, advertisements, and in most major American magazines of the mid 20th century. He was active in the U.S. Air Force Art Program from 1954 to 1971 and has 20 paintings in the USAF art collection, many of them landscapes of American military bases. Moodie also served as president of the Society of Illustrators in 1963-64, and played a pivotal role in securing funding to convert the lower level of the organization’s New York City headquarters into an exhibition space. He was the subject of a feature article in American Artist magazine in 1964.

Condition: Generally very good with light toning on edges from previous overmatting.

References:

“History of 128 East 63rd Street.” Society of Illustrators. 2016. https://www.societyillustrators.org/history-128-east-63rd-street (2 January 2018).

“Moodie, John A.” The United States Air Force Art Collection. 2015. https://www.afapo.hq.af.mil/Presentation/common/artistsdetail.cfm?Letter=M&value=449 (2 January 2018).

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Century

20th Century