Cecil Crosley Bell (American, 1906-1970)
Red Ferry, Leaving Staten Island #2
Signed "CECIL C. BELL" l.l., titled and dated "...1960" in an inscription on the reverse, with the artist's estate stamp applied to the reverse, and a label from Bernard & S. Dean Levy Inc., New York, affixed to the reverse.
Oil on Masonite, 29 x 34 in. (73.6 x 86.3 cm), framed.
Condition: A few minute abrasions with pinpricks of paint loss.
Provenance: The estate of The Reverend Canon Carlson Gerdau, New York, sold to benefit St. Mark's School, Southborough, Massachusetts.
N.B. Born in Seattle, Cecil Bell studied printmaking at the Art Institute of Chicago before coming to New York to the Art Students League, where he studied with John Sloan. Bell settled on Staten Island, and like Sloan, the city and its daily life became a favorite subject. This view shows the ferry leaving Staten Island with the ferry slips at St. George and recognizable buildings including the tower of Borough Hall in the distance. Sloan's influence is clear in this work, with it setting echoing Sloan's Wake of the Ferry (two versions, 1907), combined with the social realism of mid-century artists like Reginald Marsh.
The work would benefit from cleaning.
The frame is 32 1/4 x 37 1/2 x 1 3/4 in.
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