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Midcentury Cityscape Painting by Susan Zuck
By Susan Zuck
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A Mid-Century Modern framed cityscape painting in yellow tones reflecting the skyline titled "City Noon" signed by the artist Susan Zuck.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Canvas

  • Midcentury Cityscape Painting by Susan Zuck
  • Midcentury Cityscape Painting by Susan Zuck
  • Midcentury Cityscape Painting by Susan Zuck
  • Midcentury Cityscape Painting by Susan Zuck
H 28.75 in. W 32.75 in. D 1.75 in.
Mid Century Modern Cityscape Oil Painting On Canvas
Located in Countryside, IL
Mid-Century Modern cityscape oil painting on canvas This piece measures: 33.75 wide x 1.75 deep x 27.75 inches high This Painting is in excellent vintage condition. Each pie...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Paint, Canvas

  • Mid Century Modern Cityscape Oil Painting On Canvas
  • Mid Century Modern Cityscape Oil Painting On Canvas
  • Mid Century Modern Cityscape Oil Painting On Canvas
  • Mid Century Modern Cityscape Oil Painting On Canvas
H 27.75 in. W 33.75 in. D 1.75 in.
Mid-Century Modern Original Oil Painting Signed Abstract Cityscape
Located in West Hartford, CT
Mid-Century Modern original oil on canvas cityscape by the artist Helm. Signed on lower right. Framed and ready to hang.
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Canvas, Wood

Mid-Century Modern Cityscape Artwork
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This vintage painting portrays a unique cityscape scene set in a unique carved frame. Please confirm item location (NY or NJ). Illegible artist signature.
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Paintings

  • Mid-Century Modern Cityscape Artwork
  • Mid-Century Modern Cityscape Artwork
  • Mid-Century Modern Cityscape Artwork
  • Mid-Century Modern Cityscape Artwork
H 48.5 in. W 39 in. D 2 in.
Mid-Century Modern Original Oil On Canvas "Cityscape" Painting Signed
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Mid-Century Modern original oil on stretched canvas "Cityscape" painting artist signed, lower right. Measures: Large 48" inch scale, executed in vibrant blue hues with chartreuse, tu...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Canvas, Paint

Mid-Century Modern Oil on Canvas Abstract Cityscape Painting Palette
By Lee Reynolds
Located in San Diego, CA
Nice colors on this unframed cityscape circa 1960s oil on canvas palette style, we believe its Manhattan, well-done piece nice size 48" x 24" unsigned.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Canvas

Mid Century D'Lanor Abstract Cityscape Oil on Canvas Painting
Located in Countryside, IL
Mid century D'Lanor abstract cityscape oil on canvas painting This piece measures: 34.5 wide x 3 deep x 28.5 inches high This painting is in great vintage condition. Each pi...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Canvas, Paint

Mid-Century Modern Original Oil on Canvas "Cityscape" Painting by, Hadley
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Mid-Century Modern original oil on canvas "Cityscape" Painting by, Hadley. Professionally framed, carved giltwood and blue frame with linen and giltwood matte. Signed lower right, Ha...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Canvas, Wood, Paint

Large Mid-Century Modern Cityscape Modern Bridge Sunset Dusk Painting Framed
Located in Wayne, NJ
1960's City Scape Bridge Landscape Sunset Dusk Dawn. Unsigned, but it was not removed from frame. Measure: 49".
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Paint

Mid-Century Modern Original Oil Painting by Joe B. Thomas Abstract Cityscape
By Joe B. Thomas
Located in West Hartford, CT
Oil on board original 1960s abstract cityscape by Joe B. Thomas. Artist signature on lower left.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Canvas, Wood

Mid-20th Century Modern Original Oil on Canvas "Cityscape" Painting-Signed
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Mid-20th century modern original oil on canvas abstract Brooklyn Bridge-cityscape painting. Signed lower right by artist, illegible. This dramatic and timeless impasto style abstract...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Canvas, Wood

Mid-Century Modern Original Oil Abstract Cityscape Oil Painting by, Peter Hirsch
By Paul Hirsch
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Mid-Century Modern original oil on cardboard abstract cityscape painting by, Peter Hirsch. This rare listed artist original oil painting is executed on cardboard with a burlap backin...
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Mid-20th Century Paintings

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Burlap, Linen, Wood, Paint

Signed Mid-Century Modern Cityscape Oil on Canvas
Located in Redding, CT
Signed Mid-Century Modern cityscape oil on canvas.
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Canvas

Midcentury Abstract Cityscape Bridge Painting
Located in Baltimore, MD
This is absolutely gorgeous, untitled, framed, abstract cityscape bridge painting on canvas, signed (lower right). A celebration of beautiful colors mixed with rich orange and brown ...
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Vintage 1970s Unknown Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Canvas

Helen Beccard Niles Cubist Painting Cityscape
Located in Fulton, CA
A large-scale acrylic painting on canvas. Cubist / Cubism style cityscape titled by artist "Muted City". Soft pastel shades of blue. Retains original painted wood frame. Signed lower...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic, Wood

  • Helen Beccard Niles Cubist Painting Cityscape
  • Helen Beccard Niles Cubist Painting Cityscape
  • Helen Beccard Niles Cubist Painting Cityscape
  • Helen Beccard Niles Cubist Painting Cityscape
H 41.88 in. W 39.5 in. D 1.63 in.
1960s NYC East River Cityscape Painting
Located in Garnerville, NY
The oil on canvas is signed, L. Jesberger, lower right, has an amazing noir feel to it. The moored tugboat and Silhouette figure in the foreground are juxtaposed with the highly illu...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Canvas

  • 1960s NYC East River Cityscape Painting
  • 1960s NYC East River Cityscape Painting
  • 1960s NYC East River Cityscape Painting
  • 1960s NYC East River Cityscape Painting
H 49 in. W 44 in. D 0.5 in.
Hayward Veal Australian Nocturne Cityscape Painting
By Hayward Veal
Located in Essex, MA
An oil on board painting by Australian painter W. Hayward Veal (1913-1968), entitled Nocturne No. 4, depicting a night scene of a park and tree in the foreground with a man walking, ...
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Vintage 1940s Australian Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Wood, Pine, Masonite, Paint

Abstract Venetian Cityscape Painting by Olivier Charles
By Olivier Charles
Located in New York, NY
Abstract Venetian cityscape painting by Olivier Charles, Venice, 1959. (Signed "Olivier Charles 59, Venezia”).
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Paintings

Old New York East River Brooklyn Bridge Cityscape Painting
Located in Garnerville, NY
Finely executed oil paint on canvas board of the East River and Brooklyn Bridge cityscape. Rendered in a very painterly fashion, this work exudes the hustle and bustle of lower Manha...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Canvas, Paint

Emile Lammers 20th Century Oil, Canvas Belgian Impressionist Cityscape Painting
Located in Antwerp, BE
View of alley in Brussels Oil on canvas. Typical view of old city painting by Emile Lammers, signed bottom right. The Belgian painter Emile Lammers was born in 1914 in Sint-Joost-t...
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Mid-20th Century Belgian Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Canvas, Plaster, Wood

  • Emile Lammers 20th Century Oil, Canvas Belgian Impressionist Cityscape Painting
  • Emile Lammers 20th Century Oil, Canvas Belgian Impressionist Cityscape Painting
  • Emile Lammers 20th Century Oil, Canvas Belgian Impressionist Cityscape Painting
  • Emile Lammers 20th Century Oil, Canvas Belgian Impressionist Cityscape Painting
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Abstract Cityscape on Board
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Abstract cityscape on board. Painting is in it's original frame, possibly painted white at some time. Nice painting with an abstract feeling, only when you look close do you see buil...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Paint

  • Abstract Cityscape on Board
  • Abstract Cityscape on Board
  • Abstract Cityscape on Board
  • Abstract Cityscape on Board
H 26 in. W 44 in. D 1.5 in.
Andrew Browne Massive Oil on Canvas, Cityscape at Night
By Andrew Browne
Located in Bridgeport, CT
A cityscape at night with high rises above streets illuminated with street lights and a streak of light, with a bus and a van outside a lit doorway. Signed A. Browne, '83 lower left....
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Vintage 1980s Australian Mid-Century Modern Paintings

20th Century John De Tore Vintage "Abstract Cityscape" Original Watercolor
Located in San Francisco, CA
Mid-Century Modern watercolor by John De Tore, circa 1960s Abstract cityscape. Signed lower right. Beautifully matted and framed. Dimensions: 19 1/2 inches x 26 inches. Fram...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Paper

Parisian Cityscape, Signed and Framed Oil on Canvas by Serge Belloni
Located in Vero Beach, FL
Parisian cityscape, signed and framed oil on canvas by Serge Belloni, ‘57 This painting has all the quintessential features of Belloni’s renowned Parisian works. The street corner p...
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Canvas

Signed Czech Mid Century Modern Futuristic Cityscape
By Samo Kolar
Located in Boca Raton, FL
1950 th oil on canvas, signed S. Kolar ( Samo Kolar, Czech academic painter), futuristic Cityscape in an original frame.
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Vintage 1950s Czech Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Canvas

Omar Mau Cityscape Painting, Signed, with Custom Mirror Chrome Frame
Located in New York, NY
Omar Mau cityscape painting, signed, with custom mirror chrome frame.
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Mid-20th Century Paintings

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Chrome

Mid Century Abstract Cityscape Oil on Board
Located in Palm Springs, CA
A semi-abstracted cityscape, oil on board (masonite) signed Millet, 47. Measures approximately 48" wide, 2.5" deep and 24" high. Recently framed. Great condition, with slight wear to...
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Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Masonite

Midcentury Cityscape Painting by Susan Zuck
By Susan Zuck
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A blue toned painting titled "City Night" from the period style with dark walnut frame and a small white inserted inner frame. Signed to the front by the artist Susan Zuck.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Paintings

  • Midcentury Cityscape Painting by Susan Zuck
  • Midcentury Cityscape Painting by Susan Zuck
  • Midcentury Cityscape Painting by Susan Zuck
  • Midcentury Cityscape Painting by Susan Zuck
H 26.38 in. W 28.75 in. D 1.13 in.
Mid Century Cityscape Painting
Located in Redding, CT
Mid Century Cityscape Painting. Has the feel of either Chicago or NYC . Cityscape but with a waterfront. High rises in the background. Great colors and design. Signed Bender? This pa...
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Canvas, Wood

  • Mid Century Cityscape Painting
  • Mid Century Cityscape Painting
  • Mid Century Cityscape Painting
  • Mid Century Cityscape Painting
H 24 in. W 44 in. D 1.25 in.
Mid-20th Century Cityscape Painting
Located in San Francisco, CA
Nicely painted urban city scape (possibly of Chicago). Oil on artists board in gilt wood frame. Signed Arne Edwards, 1948.
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Mid-20th Century American Paintings

  • Mid-20th Century Cityscape Painting
  • Mid-20th Century Cityscape Painting
  • Mid-20th Century Cityscape Painting
  • Mid-20th Century Cityscape Painting
H 14 in. W 18.25 in. D 1 in.
Mid-Century Modern Lee Reynolds Cityscape Painting
By Lee Reynolds
Located in Chattanooga, TN
Large Mid-Century Modern cityscape painting by prolific period artist, Lee Reynolds. The perfect statement piece for your mad men era space. Perfect period colors of yellows, black a...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Paintings

Mid 20th Century New York Cityscape Painting
Located in San Francisco, CA
City street scene painting, oil on canvas mounted in a blue chrome frame. Signed H. Farzan. American, mid 20th century.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Canvas

  • Mid 20th Century New York Cityscape Painting
  • Mid 20th Century New York Cityscape Painting
  • Mid 20th Century New York Cityscape Painting
  • Mid 20th Century New York Cityscape Painting
H 36.25 in. W 25.25 in. D 1.5 in.
Mid-Century Cityscape Oil Painting in Teak Frame
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
Mid-Century cityscape oil painting in teak frame.
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Teak

  • Mid-Century Cityscape Oil Painting in Teak Frame
  • Mid-Century Cityscape Oil Painting in Teak Frame
  • Mid-Century Cityscape Oil Painting in Teak Frame
  • Mid-Century Cityscape Oil Painting in Teak Frame
H 15.25 in. W 51.25 in. D 1.5 in.
Mid-Century Encaustic Cityscape
Located in Pasadena, CA
This highly-imaginative, semi-abstract encaustic painting depicts at least three city-like landscapes across the composition. These areas are juxtaposed with more abstract renderings...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Paintings

A Mid-Century Signed Red Cityscape Oil Painting
Located in New York, NY
A vintage oil painting of a cityscape with buildings in red, and mounted in a black frame. Painting appears to be signed, "Marx." Good vintage condition with age appropriate wear.
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20th Century Paintings

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Paint, Wood

Mid-Century Modern Framed Acrylic Painting Canvas Signed Wilfred 1970s Cityscape
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is a wonderful, framed, acrylic Cityscape painting, signed by Wilfred, circa the 1970s. In excellent condition. The dimensions are 49.5" W x 37.5" H.  
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Canvas

Abstract Cityscape Painting by Robert Gilbert, American Mid 20th Century
Located in San Francisco, CA
Mid-20th century abstract cityscape painting by California artist Robert Gilbert (b.1911-d.1970). Painted on panel and in original hand-carved frame, exhibition label on back with bi...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Paintings

Perspective Cityscape Painting
Located in Pasadena, CA
This somber cityscape skillfully employs the classic elements of a perspective landscape painting. The angled street, industrial skyline, and tiny figures lend this work a masterful ...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Board

  • Perspective Cityscape Painting
  • Perspective Cityscape Painting
  • Perspective Cityscape Painting
  • Perspective Cityscape Painting
H 24.25 in. W 48.5 in. D 1 in.
Cityscape Painting on Canvas
Located in Pasadena, CA
Undulating Cityscape acrylic painting with crackled effects on canvas showing stress of movement in both architecture and paint itself.
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Canvas

  • Cityscape Painting on Canvas
  • Cityscape Painting on Canvas
  • Cityscape Painting on Canvas
  • Cityscape Painting on Canvas
H 30.5 in. W 20.25 in. D 1 in.
Midcentury Abstract Cityscape Painting by Morris
Located in San Jose, CA
Midcentury abstract cityscape painting signed Morris, 1969. This oversized piece is acrylic on canvas and is encased in a black wood frame.  
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Canvas

Maxine Wishnick Painting "Cityscape - Winter Sunset"
Located in Highland, IN
This very large and beautiful abstract painting by Chicago painter Maxine Wishnick (1918-2012) is executed in acrylic on unprimed Belgian linen. It dates from 1975 and can be hung ve...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Linen, Acrylic

Mid-Century Modern Wood Framed Enamel Art Signed Richard Loving 1960 Cityscape
By Richard Loving
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is a phenomenal, wood framed enamel art piece, signed by Richard Loving and dated 1960. In excellent condition. The dimensions are 44" W x 2.5" D x 27.5" H.  
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Enamel

Midcentury Abstract Chicago Cityscape Signed Oil Painting by Lee Reynolds
By Lee Reynolds
Located in London, GB
A large midcentury signed oil painting by Lee Reynolds (Vanguard Studios) of a Chicago street scene on an overcast day. The painting has the perspective from one end of the street wi...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Paint

Large Lee Reynolds 20th Century Cityscape Oil Painting on Canvas
By Lee Reynolds
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This large oil painting on canvas by Lee Reynolds was produced at Vanguard Studios in Beverly Hills, California in the early 1960s. It features an abstract cityscape scene with vibra...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Canvas

1950s Geometric Cityscape RKM
Located in Garnerville, NY
One of several pieces offered by the artist who signed their work, RKM. Purchased from a beautiful modern home in Briarcliff Manor, NY. The painstaking paint build up and careful har...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Canvas, Paint

  • 1950s Geometric Cityscape RKM
  • 1950s Geometric Cityscape RKM
  • 1950s Geometric Cityscape RKM
  • 1950s Geometric Cityscape RKM
H 18 in. W 28 in. D .07 in.
Walnut Framed Cityscape with Red Buildings
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Walnut framed cityscape with red buildings.
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Mid-20th Century Paintings

  • Walnut Framed Cityscape with Red Buildings
  • Walnut Framed Cityscape with Red Buildings
  • Walnut Framed Cityscape with Red Buildings
  • Walnut Framed Cityscape with Red Buildings
H 21.5 in. W 25.5 in. D 1 in.
San Francisco Inspired Cityscape by Chana Orloff
By Chana Orloff
Located in Pasadena, CA
Pastel colored Cityscape of San Francisco by well-known artist, Chana Orloff. Born in 1888 in the Ukraine, Orloff studied art and literature after the family had emigrated to Palesti...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Canvas

Midcentury Oil Canvas Philadelphia Cityscape Boat House Row by M.Q. Rothwell
Located in Wilmington, DE
Offered is a wonderful piece of Mid-Century Modern art by MQ Rothwell. The piece is an original oil and is signed. The cityscape is great representation of Modernism at its best and ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Paintings

Vibrant Mid-Century Oil Painting Cityscape Abstract, Unsigned
By Bernard Buffet
Located in santa monica, CA
Vibrant Mid-Century oil painting, cityscape abstract, sea port scene. Unsigned. In the manner of Bernard Buffet. Definitely 1960s. Original frame. Colors are very vibrant. Beaut...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Canvas

Mid Century Modernist Cityscape
Located in San Francisco, CA
For a better idea of Lost Art Salon's wide range of cityscape paintings visit: http://www.lostartsalon.com/collectionbysubject/cityscapes.html <br /> <br /> The alternate images sh...
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20th Century American Paintings

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Watercolor

Mid-Century Abstracted Cityscape
Located in San Francisco, CA
For a better idea of Lost Art Salon's wide range of landscape paintings visit: http://www.lostartsalon.com/cityscapes.html <br /> <br /> Lost Art Salon is a resource for modernist...
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20th Century American Paintings

Mid Century Abstracted Cityscape Silkscreen
Located in San Francisco, CA
This piece comes from the Abstracts category of the Lost Art Salon collection. Visit our website for a larger sampling of this category: http://www.lostartsalon.com/abstracts.html <b...
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20th Century American Paintings

Mid-Century Cityscape Painting, Oil on Board by Raphael, 1960
By Raphael Furniture
Located in San Francisco, CA
We do love our metropolitan skyline images, the more iconic the better! This one has great power; the heartthrob of the nighttime city can be felt. I presume we're talking New York...
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20th Century American Paintings

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Board

Mid Century San Francisco Ink Cityscape
Located in San Francisco, CA
This piece comes from a collection of approximately 700 works by Richard Van Wingerden and can be seen at: http://www.lostartsalon.com/richardvanwingerden.html <br /> <br /> The al...
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20th Century Paintings

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Ink, Paper

Mid-Century Abstract Cityscape in Blue Tones
Located in New York, NY
Mid-century abstract cityscape in blue tones. Signed &quot;Jaraco '58&quot;.
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Vintage 1950s Paintings

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Canvas, Wood

Mid-Century Abstract Cityscape in Blue Tones
H 10.25 in. W 12.5 in. D 1 in.
1964 Abstract Cityscape Painting by Cesar Buenaventura
By Buenaventura
Located in Atlanta, GA
1964 stylized cityscape oil on canvas by Cesar Buenaventura (1919-1983). It is in a period (possibly original) natural wood frame with gold painted trim. Image size: 34.5" x 17.5".
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Canvas, Wood

Pair of Eight Vertical Cityscape Paintings by G. Harmon
Located in Austin, TX
Tall, vertical abstract cityscapes painted on paper and attached to wood panels, framed with thin unfinished wood. These two versatile paintings may be displayed together or separate...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Paintings

Evocative Cityscape Painting by American Artist Alice Asmar, Signed, 1957
By Alice Asmar
Located in Palm Springs, CA
An evocative abstract cityscape painting by American artist Alice Asmar. Signed and dated 1957 on the lower right. This richly layered, textured, colored and composed oil on panel pa...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Paint

Martin K. Ziegner mid-century cityscape painting
Located in Chicago, IL
Martin K. Ziegner (American, 20th century) "Untitled," c. 1950, oil on masonite, signed lower right, framed
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Paintings

Nocturnal Cityscape Painting, American, Mid-20th Century
Located in San Francisco, CA
Bird's-eye view of an urban intersection at dusk by artist Harold Price. Framed painting, oil on canvas, American, mid-20th century. Born in Portland, OR on Oct. 13, 1912. After...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Canvas

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Midcentury Cityscape Painting For Sale on 1stDibs

Find many varieties of an authentic midcentury cityscape painting available at 1stDibs. Each midcentury cityscape painting for sale was constructed with extraordinary care, often using fabric, canvas and paint. Your living room may not be complete without a midcentury cityscape painting — find older editions for sale from the 20th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 20th Century. Each midcentury cityscape painting bearing Mid-Century Modern hallmarks is very popular. Lee Reynolds, Susan Zuck and Andrew Browne each produced at least one beautiful midcentury cityscape painting that is worth considering.

How Much is a Midcentury Cityscape Painting?

The average selling price for a midcentury cityscape painting at 1stDibs is $1,250, while they’re typically $450 on the low end and $20,000 for the highest priced.

A Close Look at Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Organically shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe mid-century modern American furniture. The style, which emerged primarily in the years following World War II, is characterized by pieces that were conceived and made in an energetic, optimistic spirit by creators who believed that good design was an essential part of good living.

Postwar American architects and designers were animated by new ideas and new technology. The lean, functionalist “International Style” architecture of Le Corbusier and Bauhaus eminences such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius had been promoted in the United States during the ’30s by Philip Johnson and others. New building techniques, such as “post-and-beam” construction, allowed the International-style schemes to be realized on a small scale, in open-plan houses with long walls of glass.

Materials developed for wartime use became available for domestic goods and were incorporated into mid-century modern furniture designs. Charles and Ray Eames and Eero Saarinen, who had experimented extensively with molded plywood, eagerly embraced fiberglass for, respectively, pieces such as the La Chaise and the Womb chair. George Nelson and his design team created Bubble lamp shades using a new translucent polymer skin. Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi devised chairs and tables built of wire mesh and wire struts. Materials were re-purposed: the Danish-born designer Jens Risom created a line of chairs that used surplus parachute straps for webbed seats and backrests.

As the demand for casual, uncluttered furnishings grew, more mid-century designers caught the spirit.

Classically-oriented creators such as Edward Wormley, house designer for Dunbar Inc., offered such pieces as the sinuous Listen to Me chaise; the British expatriate T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings switched gears, creating items such as the tiered, biomorphic Mesa table. There were Young Turks such as Paul McCobb — who designed holistic groups of sleek, blonde-wood furniture — and Milo Baughman, who espoused a West Coast aesthetic in lushly upholstered chairs and sofas with angular steel frames.

As the collection of vintage mid-century modern American furniture on 1stDibs demonstrates, this period saw one of the most delightful and dramatic flowerings of creativity in design history.

Finding the Right Paintings for You

When paired with the perfect frame, the right wall decorations can either subtly showcase your personality or steal the show altogether. 

The earliest paintings were created on the walls of caves, proving even our ancient ancestors knew that striking artwork is meant to be on display. Cave paintings on an Indonesian island are reportedly older than the earliest cave art in Spain and France, and the figurative paintings back then were produced with inorganic pigments like iron oxide. Later, the people of Ancient Greece — who learned about art from the Egyptians before them — conceived panel paintings of wax and tempera that were collected and publicly displayed. In the centuries that followed, artists would be commissioned to create large-scale wall murals and frescoed ceilings in sprawling European palaces and in the homes of the aristocracy.

Today, 1stDibs makes it easy for you to celebrate this rich history in your own home. Our collection of paintings includes Art Deco paintings, baroque art and a broad range of other categories. Search by material, period or other attributes to find the right fit — browse an array of 19th century landscape paintings in giltwood frames or abstract oil paintings and portraits made during the 1950s and ‘60s.

An understated contemporary work can complement your space’s color palette without drawing the focus away from the other pivotal design choices you’ve made over the years. Roy Lichtenstein’s Pop art, on the other hand, demands attention with its array of vibrant hues and subjects inspired by popular culture. 

Whether you aim to create a gallery in your home or build a single, stunning focal point, you can find what you’re looking for in an extensive inventory of paintings on 1stDibs.