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Ethel Myers
Date: American artist, 1881–1960
Biography: New York artist Ethel Myers is best known for her humorous depictions of women in New York. She studied at the Chase School in New York and advocated for the hiring of Robert Henri there. She remained there until 1904, studying with Henri and taking up his call to paint the world around her, and her early paintings and drawings depict crowded scenes in New York streets and buildings. In 1905 she married realist painter Jerome Myers who also took the urban scene as his primary subject. After the birth of her daughter Virginia in 1906, Myers began to focus on sculpture, producing small statuettes of urban types and familiar figures about town. She showed these to critical acclaim in major exhibitions including the 1913 Armory Show. From 1915 on, Ethel Myers worked as a clothing designer and supported her husband's career, while continuing to make humorous drawings of city life.