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Sunday Morning

37 1/2 x 44 1/2 in. (95.3 x 113 cm)

Jerome Myers
United States (Petersburg, VA, 1867 - 1940, New York, NY)

Object Type: Painting
Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: Marion Stratton Gould Fund
Accession Number: 1998.74
Location: Currently on view
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Jerome Myers said of his art, “I went to the gutter for my subject, but they were poetic gutters.”
[Gallery label text, 2007]

Jerome Myers was called "the gentle poet of the slums" for his compassionate images of immigrant life in New York's Lower East Side. Myers recorded the unglamorous, yet commonplace aspects of city life, as did fellow painters John Sloan and Robert Henri, members of The Eight or the Ashcan School. However, his vision of the city's poor never evoked a sense of wretchedness: "Why catch humanity by the shirt-tail," he said, "when I could see more pleasant things?"

Though tame to us today, paintings like Sunday Morning were considered progressive, even "revolutionary" when they were painted, because of their subject matter. However, when it came to exhibiting with The Eight, Robert Henri didn't think that Myers's work was forceful enough. As a founder of the innovative American Association of Painters and Sculptors in 1911, Myers helped to pave the way for the watershed 1913 Armory Show in New York City, the exhibition that introduced European modernism to an enthusiastic but occasionally bewildered public.

[Gallery label text, 2006]

Artist's signature, lower left: JEROME MYERS NY 1907

Sotheby's, New York, 1998; purchased by the Gallery in 1998

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Art Alive: Sunday Morning Using MAG's Learning to Look/Looking to Learn philosophy, guide students' looking and use open-ended questions to elicit personal responses. Includes many suggestions for classroom activities and connections to reinforce ELA skills.
Seeing America Inservice Materials from a teacher in-service presentation Spring 2008
Learning to Look/Looking to Learn: Sunday Morning Develop looking skills by observing the details, developing vocabulary, using the 5 senses, and identifying the elements of art.
Seeing America Chapter on Jerome Myers' Sunday Morning, written by Gallery Director Grant Holcomb.
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