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View, New York City, Central Park, Betty Guy, Watercolor, 1958


Betty Guy (1920-2016)
Central Park — Ah! New York
New York: October 24, 1958
Watercolor on paper
Signed, dated and titled lower center
8.75 x 8 inches, overall

Landscape painting overlooking a bridge over the lake in Central Park in autumn. Dated Friday, October 24, 1958, it shows leaves turning shades of rust and gold. A pedestrian walks across the bridge, which is reflected in the placid water below. In the distance is the city skyline in shades of pale blue-gray and clouds in the sky. The style is related to Asian painting, with dark calligraphic lines bringing definition to the blurred and abstracted contours of the trees.

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Betty Guy was an American artist from San Francisco, California, best known for her works on paper of cityscape and landscape subjects. She worked in watercolors and pen and ink, and also made monotypes and limited edition prints. She studied art at San Francisco State University and in the graduate program of the University of California at Berkeley. She also studied at the Art Students League in New York and in Paris at the Alliance Française and at the L’Académie de la Grande Chaumière. She exhibited regularly in her home city throughout her long career and had her first museum exhibition there in 1961 at the Palace of the Legion of Honor. Guy also showed her work in galleries in Tokyo, Vienna, and elsewhere, and at the American Embassy in Bonn, Germany. She received numerous commissions from the Port of San Francisco and corporate clients.

Condition: Generally very good with the usual overall light toning, wear, handling.


Strong, Mark. “Betty Guy Biography.” 2021. (12 February 2021).

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20th Century