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Winter Trip


An undated oil on masonite maritime painting by American artist Cecil Bell (1906 - 1970), done in the Ashcan School style, of the Staten Island Ferry approaching the ferry slip on the Staten Island side on a stormy winter day.  The ferry is red against a dark greenish-gray sky.  Snow covers the pier and the top of the ferry.  White smoke is coming from the two smokestacks on the ferry.  The passengers are painted as an indistinct blur.  Two passerbys are seen on the dock at lower left.  An automobile is behind them, toward the center foreground.

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: Winter Trip

Medium: Oil on Masonite

Dates: c. 1944

Dimensions: 22 in. x 30 in.

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

Culture: American

Accession Number: A1957.14.3

Credit: Museum Purchase made possible with funds from the Women's Auxiliary

Tags: 20th century, american, ashcan, bell, cecil bell, dock, ferry, maritime, new york harbor, oil, painting, snow, staten island, staten island ferry, winter