Sunday, March 25, 2018

Flower Show: Roger Duvoisin Preliminary New Yorker Cover Art

Roger Duvoisin's oil on canvas of the flower show at the Grand Central Palace in New York may have been painted at the opening of the 1937 flower show. By the time it was revised and published on the cover of The New Yorker, there were only three days remaining in the show. The composition was revised significantly between the preliminary and the finished art. Most importantly, as observed by the seller on eBay, a strip of brown ceiling was added at the top of the image so that the upper gallery would not be obscured by the magazine's logo. The pagoda in the center of the exhibition space has acquired a brown door, presumably to unify the prominent color in the ceiling and in the columns at the borders of the work.


Roger Duvoisin
Preliminary art
The New Yorker, March 20, 1937

A great many elements were changed between the preliminary and the finished art.

Roger Duvoisin
The New Yorker, March 20, 1937

Roger Duvoisin
Preliminary art
The New Yorker, March 20, 1937

Roger Duvoisin's signature

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Back of frame

Roger Duvoisin
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Roger Duvoisin
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Roger Duvoisin
Preliminary art
The New Yorker, March 20, 1937

Roger Duvoisin
The New Yorker, March 20, 1937
The New Yorker, March 20, 1937, page 6



The Annual Flower Show at the Grand
Central Palace in New York City




Note:  The 44th annual Macy's Flower Show begins today at Macy's Herald Square and runs through April 6. The Grand Central Palace closed in 1953 and was demolished in 1964. Today the site is occupied by 245 Park Avenue.

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