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Deserted House (Double sided; Reverse: Italian Street Festival)


An oil on masonite painting by American artist Cecil Bell (1906 - 1970).  Bell painted both sides of the masonite panel. The site shown on this side of the masonite  depicts a pair of buildings still standing at 125 St. Paul's Avenue. On the reverse of the painting is a second, very different image depicting a colorful and lively Italian street festival, an event likely also to have been something the artist witnessed on Staten Island.  Done in the Ashcan School style.

Cecil Bell was born in Seattle, Washington and moved to New York City in 1930 where he enrolled in the Art Students League. By 1931, Bell was doing freelance commercial art for Fox Films, work that sustained him through the depression years. He continued his studies at the League until 1934 when he began his tutorship with John Sloan. During these years Bell exhibited at the Whitney, the Art Institute of Chicago, the National Academy, and the 1939 New York World's Fair.

Artist: Cecil Crosley Bell (1906 - 1970)

Title: Deserted House (Double sided; Reverse: Italian Street Festival)

Medium: Oil on Masonite

Dates: 1948

Dimensions: 22 in. x 30 in.

Signature/Inscription: Cecil C. Bell; Front - Lower right

Culture: American

Accession Number: A2009.1.1

Credit: Gift of Daniel and Mary Jane Davis

Tags: 20th century, ashcan, bell, cecil bell, house, masonite, oil, painting, st. paul's avenue, staten island, streetscape