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Portrait of Cecil Bell

A1974.24.5

An oil on canvas portrait of the artist Cecil Bell by American artist Jerome Myers (1867 - 1940).  Cecil Crosley Bell (1906 - 1970) was born in Seattle and arrived in New York in 1930.  He credited classes with Harry Wickey at the Art Students League and the technical expertise he learned from his mentor, the artist John Sloan as the two biggest influences on his artistic development. 1936 proved to be a break-through year when the Whitney Museum of American Art purchased "Ice Skaters, Central Park" and Bell showed for the first time with the Society of Independent Artists.  A resident of Staten Island from 1942 until his death, "Spike's"  work is in public and private collections nationwide. 

By 1939, Jerome Myers was long established as one of the leading urban realist painters of the early twentieth century. His "Portrait of Cecil Bell" is a modest study of the young, Staten Island-based artist. Here, a much older artist catches his sitter's youthful awkwardness in the slightly asymmetrical placement of the figure on the canvas, emphasizing his long face and prominent ears.

Artist: Jerome Myers (1867 - 1940)

Title: Portrait of Cecil Bell

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dates: 1939

Dimensions: 20" H x 14" W

Signature/Inscription: Jerome Myers 1939; Front - Bottom left

Culture: American

Accession Number: A1974.24.5

Credit: Gift of Mrs. Agatha Bell Kower

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