New York in the 1930s

For my newest artistic venture I have selected a decade - the 1930s - and a place - New York City - to focus on the ironies and randomness of mankind and its missions.

As is true of most decades, the '30s didn’t begin on the stroke of midnight after the last day of 1929. It was been born of the events of the previous decades, but most especially by the world wide stock market crash of October 29, 1929 when fortunes were obliterated overnight, unemployment rose more than 60% and our nation's industrial production fell to nearly 50% of what it had been during the 1920s.

My project is not intended to incorporate every event and issue of those times. It is an artistic montage that hopefully will capture in paintings the humor, beauty and pathos of the era and tell a story to those who did not live through that most fascinating era.

George Rothacker

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"The Cotton Club," 2012 - acrylic on canvas - 22" x 28"

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A note on the completed painting:

The original Cotton Club in Harlem was built and operated until the early 1930s. The building in the painting is the Club's location at 48th Street and Broadway.The Latin Quarter later opened in its space. The building was torn down in 1989 to make way for a hotel. A new club named Cotton Club, opened in 1978 at 656 West 125th Street. It remains as a tribute to the great musicians of the past, but is today enjoyed by people of all races and cultures,