Jerome Myers was born in Petersburg, Virginia, on 20 March 1867. He was raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Trenton, New Jersey, and Baltimore, Maryland, but spent most of his life in New York City, NY. In 1896 and 1914, he traveled to Paris before and after his studies in New York at Cooper Union and the Art Students League.
Jerome Myers, Sunday Morning, painting
"By July 1906, Myers' reputation as a skilled artist depicting the life of the people on the Lower East Side was such that a New York Times reporter was assigned to him beginning at five o'clock one morning, in order to observe the artist capturing likenesses of industrious adults at work and lively children at play. To walk through the East Side with Myers, the reporter noted, "turning off here and there to glance at some particular house or group of people,... [was] to receive an impression of a joyous life lived in the open air for much the same reason as people live in that fashion in Europe -- because their homes are not as comfortable as the streets.
Jerome Myers,Traveling Dentist, etching
"Individual responses to Myers' presence, however, were grounded in cultural differences. While the residents of Italian neighborhoods viewed the artist and his activities with excitement and curiosity; those of the Jewish Quarter, whose traditions often forbade the production of representational images, protested by the most pointed of all actions -- moving away from the artist's range of vision."
From John Sloan and Jerome Myers: 'Pioneers of the Ashcan School by Bennard B. Perlman, 2010 Exhibition Catalog Ashcan Humanists: John Sloan & Jerome Myers, The Hope Horn Gallery, The University of Scranton, 2010.
Jerome Myers, Market Arch, Paris, painting
Jerome Myers, At the Louvre, Paris, drawing
Jerome Myers, Mission Tent, painting
Jerome Myers, Concert in the Park, painting
Jerome Myers, Corner Mart, painting
Jerome Myers, First Avenue, drawing
Jerome Myers, Harlem Shops, painting
Jerome Myers, Kids Dancing, painting
Jerome Myers, Rockefeller Plaza, painting
Jerome Myers, The Field of Joy, painting
Jerome Myers, The Marionettes, painting
Jerome Myers, Theater Interior, drawing
Jerome Myers, Two Old Men, drawing
Jerome Myers, Under the Bridge, painting
Jerome Myers, Virginia [daughter, born 1906] painting
[Many thanks to the kindness and generosity of Barry Downes for bringing to my attention the outstanding work of his grandfather, Jerome Myers, and for the use of these scans, for which I am very much obliged. --PG]