Friday, November 23, 2012

Shopping in New York City by Kenneth Hayes Miller 1876-1952


Kenneth Hayes Miller (American artist, 1876–1952) City Street


A leading proponent of urban genre painting & an influential teacher of numerous artists including Marjorie Phillips, George Bellows, Isabel Bishop, & Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Kenneth Hayes Miller (1876-1952) studied under Kenyon Cox at the Art Students League & with William Merritt Chase at the New York School of Art, where he became an instructor in 1899. After the closing of the New York School of Art in 1911, Miller began teaching at the Art Students League, where he remained until 1951.


Kenneth Hayes Miller (American artist, 1876–1952) The Little Coat and Fur Shop 1931


Miller's later works concentrate on contemporary themes such as consumer culture depicting lively scenes of women shopping in New York City even in the midst of the Great Depression. Earlier in his career, Miller exhibited 4 works in the 1913 Armory Show & had his first one-person exhibition in 1916 at the Macbeth Gallery, New York. In 1929 he was included in the Museum of Modern Art's first exhibition of works by American artists, "Paintings by 19 Living Americans." Miller was part of the 14th Street School of artists, who were obsessed with the urban animation & ethnic diversity of the crowds near Union Square. Miller worked to fuse the grace of European Renaissance tradition with the earthy aspect of ordinary Americans.


Kenneth Hayes Miller (American artist, 1876–1952) Bargain Hunters 1940


Kenneth Hayes Miller (American artist, 1876–1952) Caller Waiting 1928


Kenneth Hayes Miller (American artist, 1876–1952) Casual Meeting


Kenneth Hayes Miller (American artist, 1876–1952) Department Store Shoppers 1930


Kenneth Hayes Miller (American artist, 1876–1952) Finishing Touches


Kenneth Hayes Miller (American artist, 1876–1952) Looking and Pricing 1938


Kenneth Hayes Miller (American artist, 1876–1952) Shopper


Kenneth Hayes Miller (American artist, 1876–1952) The Fitting Room 1931


Kenneth Hayes Miller (American artist, 1876–1952) The Shoppers

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