Signed and dated in pencil, l.r. margin: Erich Heckel 20 Coll. mark: Brown stamp on back Coll. mark: Kupferstichsammlungs Stuttgart (Cf. Lugt 2323, 2325, 2325a) Blind stamp, l.l corner: H. Neuerburg (Lugt 1344a)
Horizontal view of harbor scene with water, dock, and boats. Small figures and trees on pier in middle ground. WMC painted in green in lower right corner.
This works marks a pivotal period in Chase’s career as he began to apply French Impressionist techniques to distinctly American urban landscapes. He deliberately focused on the subject matter of the parks and harbors of New York with the aim of underscoring the civility of modern American culture. In “View of the Brooklyn Navy Yard” Chase transforms an ordinarily rough commercial space into a high art subject.