Unframed Height: 101.6 cm (40 in); Unframed Width: 91.4 cm (36 in)
IN THE OLD 57TH STREET ART COLONY/ROFF BEMAN (CHICAGO)/Aug - Sept 1937; Roff Beman 37
An interior of a studio showing a kitchen area with a man at the sink drying dishes. There is a table, coal heating stove and gas range with a makeshift arrangement of shelves, holding kitchen utensils over the range. On a bureau to the right are two cans holding artist's brushes; to the left a green shaded light hangs over the table partially blocking the view of a bookcase in the background.
Although the artist showed in the New York world's fair of 1939 and appears to have been successful in Chicago, little is known of Beman. This moody rendering of the interior of the artis' studio in Hyde Park refers to a moment in the early 1920s, when a group of artists, including Emil Armin, Gertrude Abercrombie, Francis Strain and Charles Biesel, occupied the former World's Columbian Exposition worker's quarters near Stony island Avenue and claimed it as the 57th Street Art Colony. Painted as part of the WPA (Works Progress Administration) art project.