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View, New York City, Central Park, Margaret Chrystie, Oil Painting, 1940s


Margaret H. Chrystie (1895-1960)
[Central Park Landscape]
American: c. 1940s
Oil on canvas
Signed lower right
25 x 30 inches, framed

Panoramic pastoral bird’s-eye vista of Central Park in New York City, looking down at a pond and arched bridge (probably the Pond and Gapstow Bridge) with cabin set amid rolling wooded hills. Trees are tinged with red and yellow, suggesting it was painted in early autumn. In the distance are hazy skyscrapers in shades of pink and blue-violet; two towers beyond the cabin appear to be The Eldorado on Central Park West. A pair of swans swim in the placid waters of the pond, and tiny figures of park visitors walk the path on the opposite side of the pond. A low stone wall — probably the one at Fifth Avenue — is shown across the bottom edge of the composition.

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Margaret H. Chrystie was a painter and lithographer based in the Philadelphia area. She painted landscapes, still lifes and portraits in a lyrical post-Impressionist style characterized by a painterly approach to brushwork, and using softly blended colored patches to build form. Chrystie studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA) and the Philadelphia School of Occupational Therapy. She exhibited widely in the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s, at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Cincinnati Museum, Butler Art Institute, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Temple University, and in numerous shows at the PAFA. Her paintings are in the collection of the Woodmere Art Museum, Allentown Museum, and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

Condition: Generally very good, professionally cleaned and restored.


Gilbert, Dorothy B., ed. Who’s Who in American Art. New York: American Federation of Arts and R.R. Bowker, 1959. p. 104.

“Margaret Chrystie.” Woodmere Art Museum. (8 December 2017).

“Margaret Chrystie, Avian Tragedy.” Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. 2017. (8 December 2017).

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20th Century