Sketch of Old Baltimore Waterfront

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Sketch of Old Baltimore Waterfront
Baltimore life
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Sketch of Old Baltimore Waterfront, 1934, oil on fiberboard by Herman Maril

Herman Maril opened a window onto the history of his native city in this view of Baltimore harbor. Maril was a modernist painter who simplified the forms in the painting to make "the abstract structure . . . dominant," yet he retained enough details to situate the scene in a past era. A schooner typical of nineteenth-century shipping is tied up in the foreground, its sails furled after a journey that could have brought it from almost anywhere in the world. The domed Merchants and Exchange building visible in the background stood at the corner of Gay and Water streets in Baltimore’s inner harbor from 1815 until it was razed in 1901.

This painting is thus set before Maril’s birth in 1908, in an era cut off from the artist’s life time by the disastrous fire of 1904 that destroyed Baltimore’s inner harbor docks along with much of the city. Maril’s wife recalled that the artist "took pleasure in looking at the architecture and changes in the city over the years," particularly enjoying "the harbor where he walked with his father." Baltimore’s vanished past remained key to Maril’s personal conception of the American scene.

americanart.si.edu/collections/search/artwork/?id=16199

Recycled Monsters, Baltimore, MD
Baltimore life
Image by Grufnik
A couple of monsters made from recycled metal that started life as automobiles, made by the artist Elli Groninger. Her pieces range from a few inches tall, like these, to large oversize pieces, all with the same fun, frizzy energy.

This picture was taken at the American Visionary Art Museum’s second annual Flea Market, co-sponsored by Sideshow.

More of Ms. Groninger’s work can be seen and purchased at: www.huntingdoncountyarts.org/localartists/elligroninger.html

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