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Coney Island

Born in Siberia, Walkowitz immigrated with his mother and siblings to New York City in 1889. As a young artist, he joined the ranks of the emerging American avant-garde, encouraged by his studies in Paris at the Academie Julian.

Brooklyn's Coney Island was a popular beach and amusement park in the first half of the twentieth century, a respite from the heat—though not the crowds—of the New York City summer. Walkowitz's drawing captures the energy and excitement of Coney Island through jagged lines, swirls, and arabesques. Walkowitz’s abstraction of Luna Park amusements recalls Joseph Stella’s Battle of Lights, Coney Island, Mardi Gras of the same year.

Abraham Walkowitz
American, 1880–1965
Coney Island
ca. 1913
Graphite on paper
Image/sheet: 8 3/16 x 11 15/16 in. (20.8 x 30.3 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Gift of Harry Sebel, 92.19