American (1894-1977)

The Great White Way, 1931

Illustrated in “Impressions of New York”, Marilyn Symmes, illus. 102. Aquatint on wove paper. Signed in pencil.

13 7/8  x  9 7/8 inches   |   35.2  x  25.1 cm

This splendid night view shows the dazzling marquees and glowing signs that earned this part of Broadway its reputation as “The Great White Way” (The moniker was reputedly coined in 1901 by O.J. Oude, who created much of the advertising that appeared on Broadway’s plethora of billboards and electric signs.) The pulsating center of American theater, vaudeville, popular music and moving picture industries in the 1930s, the street is alive with vehicles and pedestrians. (Symmes “Impressions of New York”)

This is widely considered Schutz’ finest accomplishment in printmaking and is extremely rare.


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