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    G. (Gerald Harvey Jones) Harvey (American, 1933-2017)
    Powell Street Cable Cars
    Oil on canvas
    20 x 16 inches (50.8 x 40.6 cm)
    Signed lower right: G. Harvey
    Signed and titled on the reverse: KDGE / Powell Street / Cable Cars / San Francisco / G. Harvey
    Titled on the stretcher: KDGE / Powell Street Cable Cars (San Francisco)

    PROVENANCE:
    Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona;
    The Duffy and Tina Oyster Foundation, Dallas;
    Heritage Auctions, Dallas, July 16, 2009, lot 38175;
    Acquired by the present owner from the above.

    One of G. Harvey's most popular themes is the depiction of life at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries in major American cities, such as New York, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, and Dallas. These scenes depict either early morning or evening rain slicked streets which gives Harvey ample opportunity to show his skill at depicting light, shadow, reflection, and atmosphere. A common motif is the juxtaposition of symbols of an earlier day, such as mounted cowboys wearing their rain slickers against the emerging urbanism of modern America as represented by bustling street scenes complete with such new modes of transportation as automobiles and street cars. Occasionally, he departs from a purely historical motif and presents his impression of a contemporary city. In Powell Street Cable Cars, Harvey presents modern day San Francisco, but in a way that is evocative of its historic past. The scene presented was inspired by a recent trip to that city. The painting with its blend of colors, textures, and different sources of light, also blends the old and the new. The figures here are modern city dwellers and visitors, but by focusing on the cable cars that wind their way up and down San Francisco streets, Harvey evokes an earlier time when these historic modes of transportation were brand new.




    Condition Report*: Unlined canvas; there appears to be no major visible condition issues to note in raking and UV light.
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