Joseph Delaney was a student of Thomas Hart Benton at the Art Students League in New York during the early 1930s. Delaney took to heart Benton’s campaign to create a distinctly American art as much through subject as style. Here, in a scene of Pennsylvania Station in New York, the drama of young lovers saying goodbye and the people of all ages hurrying through the cavernous train station is felt through this compelling use of line and color.


  • Title: Penn Station at War Time
  • Creator: Joseph Delaney
  • Date Created: 1943
  • Physical Dimensions: 34 x 48 1/8 in. (86.4 x 122.2 cm)
  • Credit Line: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Joseph Delaney
  • Artist: Born Knoxville, TN 1904 – Died Knoxville, TN 1991
  • Medium: oil on canvas

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