ALFRED S. MIRA
WASHINGTON SQUARE PARK
oil on canvas, 25 x 30 inches,
signed lower right "Mira," signed and dated on the reverse "1930"
Private Collection, New York; Private Collection, Connecticut.
Note: In a Carrig-Rohane frame.
Alfred S. Mira was born in 1940 in New York’s in Greenwich Village. Mira is known for creating intimate views of New York City’s most timeless landmarks and structures.
“The lure of the outdoors always attracted me, especially the city streets with their movements, color and depth-they were the things that inspired me and which I painted as they looked and as I felt them. Judging by my style and subjects, my artist friends argued that I was influenced by French Impressionists. While I bare great esteem for the French Masters, I do not claim comparison with them. However, my ultimate goal is to paint exclusively American Impressionism.
In 1928, my adventurous spirit took hold of me again and I went to Europe. I arrived in Paris and found that the gay life was not conducive to constructive work, so I went to South France with its sunny skies and mild climate where I was able to accomplish more. After traveling throughout the continent, I was awakened to the realization that the work I had done in Europe did not serve my purposes, and that I was better inspired in Washington Square.
Back home in New York, I devoted myself to painting street scenes. In 1929, my first effort to exhibit one of my street scenes was at the National Academy. The critics received this very kindly and I was so encouraged that I attempted other national exhibits that have flattered me in accepting every one of my paintings.” -Alfred Mira
In the present example, Washington Square Park, the viewer can feel the excitement and pulse of Washington Square, viewed from the side, with the realistic figures and light projecting mood and scenery.
Mira’s works were exhibited at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in 1932, 1945 and 1949 at the Carnegie International from 1941 and 1944-1949, and at the National Academy from 1931-1932 and 1941-1945.