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 Elizabeth Stevens Street  (early 20th century)

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Lived/Active: New York      Known for: landscape, genre, landscape

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The following, submitted by Sandi Brockway, references the WPA activity of Elizabeth Street.

Woodstock Impressionism grew out of the need of Depression-Era artists living outside The City-- meaning New York -- many of whom were enrolled in the WPA, to eke out a living painting
popular conceptual works dubbed Impressionism, which were sold during the 1930's, 40's and 50's in various venues, mostly department stores, at prices ranging from $1 to about $10, which
would work out to about $50-$350 in today's super-inflated economy.

Tiny 4" x 6" and slightly larger 8" x 10" paintings on cheap "student board" or "canvasboard" -- canvas stretched on and glued to heavy cardboard -- by Woodstock artists such as Doris Lee,
Paul Wesley Arndt, H. Harvey, Elizabeth Street, Louis Safier and others, were loaded from the corner of a tiny breakfast cafe into a "woodie" station wagon on Sunday morning, and driven down to New York City's Fifth Avenue Gallery, located at 230 Fifth Avenue, where they were sold to the gallery, which then inexpensively framed and distributed the Woodstock Workshop
paintings to various retail outlets, in much the same way the Ashcan School of New York found its way into the homes of some astute American collectors of the 1930's and 40's.

Woodstock was originally an art colony founded during the late 1800's by a few well-known artists who found New York City not the ideal environment for landscape painters.


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