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    Subway, 1934, oil on canvas by Lily Furedi

    In this painting Lily Furedi boldly did something that few dare to do: she looked at people on the subway. She took the viewpoint of a seated rider gazing down the car at her fellow passengers. The Hungarian-born artist knew of the subway riders' customary avoidance of staring at one’s fellow riders; most people in her painting keep to themselves by hiding behind a magazine or newspaper, or by sleeping. Those who violate the unwritten rule do so furtively. A woman takes a quiet sidelong glance at the newspaper read by the man next to her, while a man steals a peek at a young woman applying lipstick. Only two women in the foreground, who obviously know each other, dare to look directly at each other as they talk companionably.

    Furedi takes a friendly interest in her fellow subway riders, portraying them sympathetically. She focuses particularly on a musician who has fallen asleep in his formal working clothes, holding his violin case. The artist would have identified with such a New York musician because her father, Samuel Furedi, was a professional cellist.

    www.americanart.si.edu/collections/search/artwork/?id=8731

    CaramelSmoothie, writtersrightword, and 13 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. writtersrightword 56 months ago | reply

      Nice capture of mood and feeling.

    2. Global Cool 46 months ago | reply

      Great image. We used it for our blog post about the Art of Conversation on buses and trains here... www.globalcool.org/lifestyle/art-of-conversation-special-...

    3. jeanbowe 38 months ago | reply

      wow!this is great!

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