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The University of Arizona Museum of Art and Archive of Visual Arts

George Copeland Ault

George Copeland Ault, Early Morning: New York (also, Portrait of a City), 1946

George Copeland Ault (American, 1891-1948)
Early Morning: New York (also Portrait of a City) 1946
Oil on board
Gift of James P. Gordon
1962.001.001

Like other Precisionist artists of the 1920s through the 1940s, George Ault was inspired by the geometric forms of the city and reduced the buildings to their basic shapes and flat planes of color. As with many of his paintings, Ault’s sentiments in Early Morning: New York are hard to pinpoint. Does this painting celebrate human ingenuity and the urban landscape, or is it a lamentation of the isolation that results from an increasingly technological world?