Claire Denis and Fabienne Stahl will include this work in their forthcoming Denis catalogue raisonné.
Denis travelled to the United States in the fall of 1927 at the invitation of the Carnegie Institute in Pittsburgh to serve on the jury for the 26th Carnegie International Art Exhibition. He arrived to the bustling port of New York on 16 September 1927 and wrote of the experience upon seeing lower Manhattan and Wall Street in his journal: “we were able to see the movement of tugboats and of different kinds of ships in this vast Hudson River. When we departed, we passed in front of the statue. The large skyscrapers appeared like slightly cubist cathedrals in ruins, in the fog. This is very striking and when the weather is good, it is worth the trip” (M. Denis, Journal, Paris, 1959, vol. III, pp. 72-73). Denis painted another version of this same view, currently in the collection of the University of Iowa Museum of Art.