Photo credit: Donor provided
Accession Number: C.2019.104.2
Dimensions: 35 in X 49 in
Dimensions (Metric): 88.9 cm X 124.46 cm
Credit Line: Gift of the artist, Samuel Kaplan
Painting by Samuel Kaplan titled Requiem. The painting depicts the city skyline at night with the buildings painted in vibrant colors and candles stacked on top of the buildings. The Twin Towers are featured as outlines against the night sky. American flags also adorn many of the buildings. The artist is depicted "flying" over the city holding candles in each hand. The painting is signed and dated, "2001."
For several years before 9/11, Brooklyn-based artist Samuel Kaplan worked on a painting of Manhattan featuring the Twin Towers. Kaplan wanted to depict the World Trade Center’s colorful neighborhood and add playful elements like a group of musicians and toy astronauts. The artist began sketching the latest version of his painting on the morning of September 11. After the attacks, Kaplan reimagined the work to reflect his city in mourning.