Sunday, September 2, 2018

Show Stopper

Pull up a chair and check out this delightful pencil on paper drawing of a 1920's era audience watching a performance in the distance. Each person comes to life with just a few pencil strokes and shading. The woman wearing the wide brimmed hat and holding a fan looks particularly engaged by what she sees. This crowd-pleaser by artist Jerome Myers is another fantastic example from the Pantages Portfolio, which goes on sale to the public on Friday, September 28, 2018.

Jerome Myers (1867-1940) was born in Virginia and was one of five children. He moved to New York City in 1886 and started his art career as a scene painter while at the same time attending evening art classes at Cooper Union and the Art Students League. A few years later he started working in the art department of the New York Tribune. His career really took off when his colleague Edward Adam Kramer introduced his work to the art dealer William Macbeth. Myers became known for his urban scenes and landscapes, and his ability to capture the magic and details of everyday street life across cultures. Myers won numerous prestigious awards, including the Altman Prize (twice), the National Academy's Carnegie Prize, and the Isidor Medal. His work is part of the permanent collection or has been shown at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City,  among many others.