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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Raymond Breinin, American (Vitebsk, Russia 1910 - 2000 Scarsdale NY)
Edge of the City
Work Type
Persistent Link

Physical Descriptions

Poster paint on illustration board
sight: 46 x 75.5 cm (18 1/8 x 29 3/4 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: brown poster paint, l.r.: Breinen / 39
  • stamp: verso, ink, stamped: [per file:] "MONOGRAM" / FR. & Co. / ILLUSTRATION BOARD / THIN & THICK / 20 x 30 22 x 30 30 x 40 / FAVOR, RUHL & COMP. / NEW YORK CHICAGO
  • label: removed from backing, now in curatorial file, paper and black ink, printed and handwritten: [printed:] ARTIST [handwritten:] RAYMOND BREININ / [printed:] ADDRESS [handwritten:] 233 W. NORTH AV. CHICAGO / [printed:] TITLE [handwritten:] EDGE OF THE CITY / [printed:] PRICE [handwritten:] $60.00 [/ [printed:] RETURN ADDRESS / [handwritten:] ABOVE
  • exhibition label: removed from backing, now in curatorial file, paper, printed and typed: museum no. 42.72
  • exhibition label: removed from backing, now in curatorial file, paper, printed and typed: no. 224.1946


Recorded Ownership History
[Downtown Gallery, New York, New York], sold; to the Fogg Art Museum, 1940.

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Louise E. Bettens Fund
Accession Year
Object Number
Modern and Contemporary Art

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Publication History

  • Fogg Art Museum and Benjamin Rowland, Jr., Real and Ideal in American Art, exh. cat. (Cambridge, MA, Summer 1948), cat. 35
  • Lindsay Pollock, The Girl with the Gallery: Edith Gregor Halpert and the Making of the Modern Art Market, PublicAffairs (New York, 2006), pp. 224-225

Exhibition History

  • Americans, 1942: 18 Artists from 9 States, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 01/20/1942 - 03/10/1942
  • Museum's Choice: Paintings by Contemporary Americans, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, 02/03/1945 - 02/25/1945
  • Unidentified Exhibition, Colby College Museum of Art, 1945, Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, 05/10/1945 - 06/06/1945
  • Museum's Choice, Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence, 02/06/1946 - 02/28/1946; Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, 03/08/1946 - 04/08/1946
  • Real and Ideal in American Art, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 06/01/1948 - 09/01/1948

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