Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1903, Emilio Angelo was a cartoon illustrator and landscape painter. He studied at the Philadelphia Museum School and later became an art educator and cartoon specialist. Angelo was a part of the Allied Artists of America and the Philadelphia Sketch Club. His work was exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Philadelphia Sketch Club, and the Allied Artists of America. In this print titled Weehawken, Angelo illustrates what appears to be a barge surrounded by water. Broken pilings made of wood protrude out of the water in this scene set in Weehawken, New Jersey, a busy waterfront across the Hudson River from New York City. Angelo makes the viewer feel as if he or she is on another barge in the foreground, surrounded by pieces of wood drawn on the diagonal. He creates a triangular frame on the left side of the print with these pieces of wood. On the barge located in the middle ground are two or three cranes, a small shed with an awning nestled amongst them. The boldness of the foreground framing draws the viewer in, then leading the viewer to the barge in the middle ground, and finally to the simplistic silhouette of the Manhattan skyline in the background. The contrast in values allows the objects within the print to have dimension, for the viewer is able to easily understand the arrangement of the setting. The diagonal lines of the cranes and the vertical lines of the wood pilings draw the viewer to the blank, cloudless sky. Meanwhile, shaded areas in a gestural manner show the reflection of the barges on the water.
Kaitlin Costley. "Emilio Angela." Carrollton Collects: Prints from the WPA. Carrollton, GA: Department of Art, University of West Georgia, 2011. Print.
Falk, Peter Hastings, ed. Who Was Who in American Art 1564-1975: 400 Years of Artists in America. Vol. 1. 3 vols. Madison, CT: Sound View Press, 1999.