Paintings of Life on the Streets of New York City: 1960s and 1970s

As promised I am posting a few of my late father’s paintings of New York City. He chose the subject of life on the streets of New York because it was his home, and he knew it, and loved it.

The paintings give a humanist perspective onto the often overlooked people of the street. I will be writing more about this series of magnificent paintings in the future, but for now a small selection for your viewing pleasure – and Yes, they are paintings.

To see more paintings by Bernard Safran visit http://www.safran-arts.com

PS the color of the reproduced images of the paintings below doesn’t really reflect the vibrant color they were painted with – I’m sorry for that (the color is better if you click on the image and go to the original upload which also shows more detail for some reason).

The bottom line is – you have to see them in person to really appreciate them. (Photography of paintings by Glen Reichwein)

Bernard Safran, In the Park, oil on masonite 1972, 24" x 30"

Bernard Safran, In the Park, oil on masonite 1972, 24″ x 30″

Close up of  In the Park by Bernard Safran, oil on masonite 1972, 24" x 30"

Close up of In the Park by Bernard Safran, oil on masonite 1972, 24″ x 30″
Please note that if you click on this image you can go to a one to one scale image of this.

Bernard Safran, Gossip, oil on masonite 1986. 19.75" x 28"

Bernard Safran, Gossip, oil on masonite 1986. 19.75″ x 28″

Bernard Safran, The Market, oil on masonite 1970, 24" X 30"

Bernard Safran, The Market, oil on masonite 1970, 24″ X 30″

Bernard Safran, Sleeping It Off,  oil on masonite 1986, 16" x 32.75"

Bernard Safran, Sleeping It Off, oil on masonite 1986, 16″ x 32.75″

Bernard Safran, The Alley, oil on masonite 1972, 33" x 38"

Bernard Safran, The Alley, oil on masonite 1972, 33″ x 38″

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4 thoughts on “Paintings of Life on the Streets of New York City: 1960s and 1970s

  1. nice photos Elizabeth!! I also shoot paintings for a company we started called ArtBombdaily.com and ArtBombNY.com Have you seen those sites?? I suspect the difference in colour saturation has to do with the way the files are being saved. I gave them to you in AdobeRGB – for the web they need to be converted to sRGB. Hope this helps. Also there is an art to downsizing files to keep their original appearance. Those were very large files I gave you. It’s best to make them a bit smaller at a time – not all in one step – but rather in multiple steps. Contact me anytime for a better explanation. All the best, Glen

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