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Art of the Day: Saturday December 02, 2006

The Busiest Corner of the World, Chicago, circa 1890

- by Sharon Laub

This week's theme: Shopping

And they're off!

On Friday, November 24th the holiday shopping season officially began.

-Melissa Morton


Art: The Busiest Corner of the World, Chicago, circa 1890 by Artist Sharon Laub
In 1890 the corner of State Street and Madison in Chicago was known as "The Busiest Corner of the World"! It was THE epicenter for commerce in the midwest with people traveling from far and wide to shop there. This painting is based on an old black and white photograph that I had found. I liked the photo because it captured the motion and feeling of the shoppers hurrying about to snap up their wares before their long treks back home. This 22x30 painting was done with Winsor and Newton watercolors on Arches 300 lb. Rough watercolor paper.

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Detail Image for art The Busiest Corner of the World, Chicago, circa 1890

Detail Image for art The Busiest Corner of the World, Chicago, circa 1890

Detail Image for art The Busiest Corner of the World, Chicago, circa 1890

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