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View of the Mall From a Castle Tower, 1983
Richard Haas

Seven-color Lithograph, numbered and signed edition of 100

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Commissioned in 1983, View of the Mall From a Castle Tower depicts the magnificent sweep of the Mall from the Washington Monument to the Capital, and includes all the Smithsonian museums. Haas has incorporated an almost photographic image -- much like those from the circuit cameras of the early 20th century into his contemporary sensibilities. The buildings, delineated in a painterly style, yet with the sharpness as if an architect's eye, pop out of a dark, stormy sky. The sun, breaking through the clouds, illuminates some of the buildings with gold.

Richard Haas (b. 1936, Spring Green, Wisconsin) is one of the world's leading architectural muralists, and is best known for his trompe l'oeil paintings. He has created numerous "make-believe" buildings, including an entire streetscape at Manhattan's South Street Seaport, 13 murals of New York publishing houses for the New York Public Library, Smithsonian Institution exteriors on an interior wall, and an entire exterior façade of the Boston Architectural Center.

His paintings are in collections of the Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum, the Whitney Museum, the Yale University Art Gallery, and the Fogg Art Museum. He has exhibited in the Brooklyn Museum, the Whitney Museum, and others.

Special Information: Seven-color Lithograph, numbered and signed edition of 100 printed on English Somerset Satin 100% rag paper. Sold unframed. Comes with a certificate of authenticity from the Smithsonian.

Image Dimensions: 14 ¼ x 42 ¾ inches

Paper Dimensions: 17¾ x 45¾ inches

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