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Here, the space between the viewer and the opposite side of the street is condensed and flattened. The buildings push forward, and the canvas becomes a nearly abstract arrangement of rhythmic vertical rectangles and circles in a simplified color scheme. When this painting was created, Antreasian had not yet committed to printmaking, but it shows his early interest in geometry, strong verticals, and abstraction. These elements recur in many of his prints, including those shown in this exhibition.
Antreasian was still a student at the John Herron Art School when he made this painting, from memory, of a building on Washington Street in downtown Indianapolis. It won a top award at L.S. Ayres department store’s 75th Anniversary Exhibition for Indiana artists in 1947.