Painted in 1947, the work in question is a fine example of abstract expressionism. The work could be read and interpreted in more than one way. But the most obvious reference following from the title is that of a cityscape, with its attendant congestion, uniformity and chaos.
Being an example of expressionist art, the mood is the foremost aesthetic component in the work. The painter uses a couple of devices to illustrate his intentions. It also invokes a somber mood, consistent with the condition of human alienation common to city-dweller. This darkened mood is expressed through an apt choice of colors. In particular, the use of red, black and dark blue serves to show how urban lifestyles leave individuals feeling secluded. The juxtaposition of dark and light hues gives the illusion of cramped spaces – both in geographic terms and as a metaphor for the state of mind of a city-dweller.
We can also see in the painting how a cityscape is illustrated . . . Read More