Special Summer Offerings

Now through Labor Day enjoy an exciting array of family programs and admission discounts for museum-goers of all ages!

Atom Bombing of New York City: Illustration for "Hiroshima, U.S.A." in Collier's, 5 August 1950, 12-13

Object Number: 
1956.8
Date: 
1950
Medium: 
Oil on paper laid on masonite
Dimensions: 
Overall: 17 3/8 x 32 3/4 x 1/4 in. (44.1 x 83.2 x 0.6 cm)
Inscriptions: 
Signed and inscribed at lower left in oil: "Chesley Bonestell"
Description: 
Landscape which depicts the smoke and fire that have engulfed lower Manhattan in the wake of an atomic blast.
Gallery Label: 
This painting was originally published in Collier's to illustrate an article by John Lear entitled, "Hiroshima U.S.A., Can Anything Be Done About It?"; the caption of the picture reads: "A cloud of black grime masked the lower city...where 100,000 people had lived--in an area roughly fifteen blocks long and twenty blocks across--there was now an ugly brown-red scar...beyond the rim of the scar, thousands of fires were lighted."
Credit Line: 
Gift of Chesley Bonestell
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group