At the Round House by Cecil Bell
"At the Round House", c. 1935, Cecil Bell
Cecil Crosley Bell (1906-1970) was a Depression-era American artist. Born at the turn of the century, he lived in New York City and painted scenes of everyday life from people on subway trains, at docks, and strolling through streets. His works were lively and colorful. He was first trained at the Art Institute and later studied alongside Charles Locke and Harry Wicket at the Art Students League. He was a successful freelance artist, who even sold a painting to the Whitney Museum, and continued his career throughout the 40s and 50s as a corporate illustrator.
At the Round House stands out amongst his works. Unlike his paintings, this is a monochrome black-and-white aquatint, small in size, perhaps created before he developed his signature style. In the etching, a man services a train, representing the American spirit of resilience. Trains symbolize the continuous change and movement of life, particularly in an era when the hobos were hopping the rails and people migrated from East to West for greener pastures. Despite the hardships of the Depression, citizens did whatever it took to survive, even traveling from state to state in search of employment. Hard work and industry still shone in America despite the darkness of the age.
- Onastasia Youssef
Plate size: 6" x 7.25"
Sheet size: 9" x 10"
Condition: In excellent condition