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Mrs. K at the Sink


A lithograph done in the Ashcan School style by American artist Cecil Bell (1906 - 1970) of an overweight woman washing dishes in a kitchen sink. The woman, "Mrs. K.", is located in the middle of the lithograph, and she is wearing a house dress, an apron, and low heeled shoes.  Her hair is in a bun, and she is wearing glasses. The sink is located in the middleground on the left side of the print.  A dishrack, which is next to the sink, filled with drying dishes is located in the middle ground on the leftt side.  There are utensils, a rack, and a shelf with items on it  hanging from the wall above the sink located in the upper portion of the print, in the background.  An unshaded light bulb hanging from a cord is located above and behind the woman.  A round table is located in the lower part of the print in the left foreground.  There is a coffee mug set on a newspaper, which is laying on the table.  An open window with opened shades is located in the upper portion of the print, in the background, on the right side of the print.  A table with what possibly could be plants on it is sitting in the front of and below the window.  An overfilled garbage can that has its lid propped open by garbage sits next  to the table by the window in the lower part of the print on the right side.

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: Mrs. K at the Sink

Medium: Lithograph on paper

Dates: 1932

Dimensions: Image: 8" H x 6.375" W; Sheet: 10.875" H x 9.125" W

Signature/Inscription: Pencil: 12/25 Cecil C. Bell; Stamp: Nov 15 1932; Front - Below Print

Culture: American

Accession Number: A1977.15.23

Credit: Gift of Agatha Bell

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