Gallatin Galleries

Elena Climent
At Home With Their Books
Oil on Linen
10 x 30 feet

Across six chronologically ordered panels, this trompe l’oeil mural depicts the writing spaces of six authors who spent some, if not all, of their careers in New York.

The project took a year and a half to complete from start to finish, with the artist performing intensive research on her subjects in order to capture the nuanced details, rituals, and conditions unique to each writer’s work-space.

The subjects are:

Washington Irving (1783–1859)
Edith Wharton (1862–1937)
Zora Neale Hurston (1891–1960)
Frank O’Hara (1926–1966)
Jane Jacobs (1916–2006)
Pedro Pietri (1944–2004)

Elena Climent, At Home with their Books

Elena Climent, At Home with their Books


NYU Languages and Literature Building

Visible through the first floor vitrines or accessible by entering the building.