We are delighted to offer a superb oil on canvas painting featuring a bustling market scene by contemporary artist Gil DiCicco. It shows DiCicco’s version of an early 20th century market day in New York City’s famous Hester Street. This painting is just chock full of activity: vendors, street vendors with their pushcarts full of goodies, and of course, many patrons. All of this activity is occurring around the backdrop of early 1900’s Hester Street stores.
This is DiCicco’s contemporary version of bustling Hester Street market in 1910 or thereabouts. A famous Hester Street Market Scene painted by George Benjamin Luks in 1905 is currently in the Brooklyn Museum (see photo #9). Clearly Gil DiCicco’s version of turn-of-the-century bustling Hester Street is not a copy of Luks' painting, but is an altogether different and charming version of turn-of-the 20th-century market activity on Hester Street. It is signed DiCicco on the lower left. The stretcher size of our painting measures 10" high by 14" wide (the sight size is 9 1/2" high by 13½" wide. It is in excellent condition with no apparent flaws; no crazing, no paint loss, no scratches, etc. It is also beautifully framed and the overall framed size is 15" high by 19" wide. This is a "Wow" painting.
There are not many records of Gil DiCicco’s paintings for sale (they are primarily retained in the collections of wealthy art collectors). However, we have found two Gil DiCicco’s paintings that were for sale at the famous New York Armory Antique Show in 2014. One was of a woman dipping her feet in the Bethesda Fountain; an oil on canvas measuring 18" x 24" (framed size?) and priced at $11,300. The other painting was of a Victorian house in a wooded landscape; Stowe House, a watercolor measuring 12"x16" (framed size?) and priced at $5,300.
Hester Street is a street in the Lower East Side of the New York City borough of Manhattan. It has historically been a center for Ashkenazi Jewish immigrant culture. The sculptor Jacob Epstein was raised at 102 Hester Street. More recently, it has been absorbed by Chinatown, although some kosher and Jewish-owned stores can be found. As a symbol of the immigrant experience, the street was the title of the 1975 period film Hester Street.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
Hester Street Fair hosted Shiseido for a Japanese open air pop-up market, ... of what, at the turn of the century, was New York City's largest pushcart market. Wikipedia shows an old photo looking west from Norfolk Street around 1898 of the Hester Street Fair on a typical weekend afternoon (see our photo #8). Hester Street is a street in the Lower East Side of the New York City borough of Manhattan. The street stretches from Essex Street to Centre Street, with a discontinuity between Chrystie Street and Forsyth Street for Sara Delano Roosevelt Park. There is also a discontinuity at Allen Street, which was created in 2009 with the rebuilding of the Allen Street Mall. At Centre Street, Hester Street shifts about 100 feet (30 m) to the north and is called Howard Street to its far western terminus at Mercer Street.
BIOGRAPHY from QART:
"Gil DiCicco has been passionate about art since his youth, beginning his art career as an animation apprentice when he was fifteen years old. DiCicco soon began taking night classes at the Art Institute of Chicago and, later, the American Academy of Art. Although his career was interrupted by three years of service in the U. S. Army, upon his return home he opened his own studio in Chicago. From this studio, DiCicco has produced TV commercials, developed animation for government films, and created editorial art. He has worked with illustrious organizations and companies including the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, Hanna-Barbera, and Disney. DiCicco continues to create incredibly beautiful and vibrantly hued artwork."
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