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Afternoon on a Hill


An oil on canvas semi-abstract landscape painting by American artist Anthony Toney (1913 - 2004) depicting Staten Island rooftops with the Manhattan and Brooklyn skylines on the horizon.  The buildings are arranged in a patern of geometric shapes and brightly colored orange, red, green, blue, etc.  In the center foreground appears the head and shoulders of a female figure and a little girl, the former seen from the back.  At lower right are two other indistinct figures.  Sky and water are indicated with blue and white.  Inspired by the poem "Afternoon on a Hill" by Edna St. Vincent Millay.

Anthony Toney was born in Gloversville, N.Y. He received his Bachelor's degree in fine arts from Syracuse University and Master's and Doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University. He studied in Europe at the Academie de la Grande Chaumiere and L'Ecole Superieure des Beaux Arts, Paris. While in Europe, Toney faught against the facists who had taken control in Spain. He returned to New York in 1938 and began painting again. In New York he taught at Stevenson School and Hofstra College. He later taught at the New School for Social Research. Toney held over 12 one-man shows and has participated in large exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Academy and the Whitney, among others. In 1957 he won the Staten Island Institute's (Staten Island Museum) Purchase Prize for his painting "Afternoon on a Hill".

Artist: Anthony Toney (1913 - 2004)

Title: Afternoon on a Hill

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dates: 1956

Dimensions: 36" H x 48" W

Signature/Inscription: Toney; Front - Lower left

Culture: American

Accession Number: A1957.15.1

Credit: Museum Purchase Prize, 1957

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