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Almost four decades ago, New York City real-estate executive Elie Hirschfeld came across a painting that spoke to him, a work by Thomas Hart Benton that depicted a street scene in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village neighborhood.

Mr. Hirschfeld acquired the piece, and that sparked what became a continuing obsession—to collect art that tells the story of New York, past and present, in all its vibrant and quirky glory.

Read more on the Wall Street Journal:

E1049487 E8D6 4C96 B395 4A36E8F669BDPainting of Washington Square by Thomas Hart Benton (1889-1976) learn more about the artist, here

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