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Men Under the Elm in Dewey Square

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James S. Aiken
oil on canvas
This image illustrates a group of men leisurely conversing on a bench in the historic Dewey Square in Boston, MA. The square was cleared in the 1950's to make way for the Central Artery tunnel system, however, it appears to still be a pedestrian mall in the painting. It can be assumed that the painting was completed before this time, which places its' date between the 1930s and 40s. The make of the car in the painting can date the painting as early as the 1930s. The men seated on the bench have their backs turned to the viewer. This is a perspective Aiken uses in several of his oil paintings, which creates a sense of being an outsider looking in on an ordinary day.
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James Aiken Collection, Anacostia Community Museum, Smithsonian Institution, transferred from the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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