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Artist
Jerome Myers
Title
The Calico Sellers
Date
1909
Medium
oil on canvas
Dimensions
Canvas: 16 1/16 × 21 13/16 inches (40.8 × 55.4 cm)Framed: 26 5/8 × 32 5/8 × 3 1/4 inches (67.6 × 82.9 × 8.3 cm)
Tags
Painting
Credit Line
Museum purchase.
Accession Number
1921.2
Jerome Myers achieved recognition for portrayals of tenement life on the Lower East Side of New York, typified by scenes such as The Calico Sellers. Born in Virginia, he endured an impoverished childhood, subsequently residing in Philadelphia and Baltimore before arriving in New York in 1886. He worked as a sign painter and studio model, then began studying art at Cooper Union and the Art Students League. This painting presents a dynamic, colorful scene in the Lower East Side’s bustling downtown commercial district. Myers found this area, which was generally considered bleak and depressing, to be a rich source of subject matter for his art.