Greene Street

1940
Beauford Delaney (American, 1901–1979)


Dimensions

57.2 x 44.5 cm (22 1/2 x 17 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

2011.1824

Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas

On View

Lobby into The 1940s and 1950s (336A)

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Paintings

Delaney first studied art in Boston. In 1929, he moved to New York, settling in Soho in 1936 at 181 Greene Street. Many of his cityscapes are abstractions of street signs, traffic lights, and directional arrows. Delaney’s compositions are comparable to those of his white friend Stuart Davis, with whom he also shared a love of jazz music. Davis’s works can be seen in gallery 334.

Inscription

Lower right: BEAUFORD DELANEY/1940

Provenance

By 1991, Collection of Lawrence Hilton; by 1993, with Kenkeleba House, Inc., New York; December 1993, sold by Kenkeleba House, Inc. to John Axelrod, Boston; 2011 sold by Axelrod to the MFA. (Accession date: June 22, 2011)

Credit Line

The John Axelrod Collection—Frank B. Bemis Fund, Charles H. Bayley Fund, and The Heritage Fund for a Diverse Collection

Copyright

Estate of Beauford Delaney, by permission of Derek L. Spratley, Esquire, Court Appointed Administrator