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

A2009.1.1

An oil on masonite painting by American artist Cecil Bell (1906 - 1970).  Bell painted both sides of this masonite panel.  This side depicts an italian street festival that artist probably saw on Staten Island.  The reverse of the painting depicts a pair of buildings still standing at 125 St. Paul's Avenue in 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: Italian Street Festival (Double sided: Reverse: Deserted House)

Medium: Oil on Masonite

Dates: 1948

Dimensions: 22 in. x 30 in.

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

Culture: American

Accession Number: A2009.1.1

Credit: Gift of Daniel and Mary Jane Davis

Tags: 20th century, american, ashcan, bell, cecil bell, festival, italian street festival, masonite, oil, painting, staten island