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M12.    The Peking at the New York South Street Seaport

The Peking, steel-hulled four-masted Barque built in 1911, by the German company, F. Laeisz, was retired in 1975 and sold to Jack Aron, for the South Street Seaport Museum in New York City, where she is still moored as of 2013. As the ship is as of 2013 in need of extensive repairs, the Seaport is unwilling to turn it over to a purchaser on any other basis, and its future is uncertain.

The Peking, a very familiar subject with me since I have visited it so many times at the South Street Seaport, is finally on my canvas.

This painting shows, over the sea and sky, the sunset throwing a glory of its own, making mysterious shadow reflections. The peking is still standing there peacefully without knowing her coming destiny. While the subject is immediately recognizable the foreground diagonal wharf acts as a stepping road into the picture and carries us round the entire picture.

The distant boat creates a perfect balancing force for the foreground mass and the depth of picture.

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