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The morning of September 11, 2001, 8:45 AM
Robert Birmelin

The morning of September 11, 2001, 8:45 AM

Acrylic on canvas
24 x 30 in.

About the Work

Materials Acrylic on canvas
Size 24 x 30 in.
Rarity Unique, one of a kind
Medium Painting
Framing Framed per artist's preferences
Proceeds Benefit AMDF and the artist
Contributed by Robert Birmelin
This work will ship from Northampton, MA after the exhibition closes in New York on April 26, 2024. Pre-arranged pick-up in New York City at the exhibition's close may be an option. Shipping costs and all applicable fees are the responsibility of the buyer.
Rights Image courtesy Robert Birmelin. Photo by Jim Gipe/Pivot Media

Robert Birmelin on making this commemorative painting:

“My studio was on 14th Street and 7th Avenue in 2001, which was the far edge of what closed down that day. I wasn’t in New York on 9/11. I had gone up to get the bus to go into the city, and Blair, my wife, walked up to tell me what had happened. My son was at one of the hospitals uptown, and he, with several other physicians, went down to what was then St. Luke’s (which was in the Village; it now no longer exists) to care for wounded people, and, as he said, as it worked out, few people came. This painting was done for a commemorative exhibition that occurred the following year.

My thought was to depict an ordinary day just before this cataclysmic event occurred. The contrast between what was to happen and people just going about their business. In the distance, you see the towers and I’ve worked the time in on the façade of a building—just a minute or two before. Like a lot of people, 9/11 moved me deeply. I went to the scene a few days afterwards and made a drawing or two there.”

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