Achmed, oil on canvas, 22 1/8 x 22 1/8 in., 1933

Currently on display, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Museum purchase, Art Advancement Fund, with gift of Winnifred Cone, 82.10.1

Marvin Cone (1891-1965) was born and raised in Cedar Rapids, where in 1906 he began a lifelong friendship with Grant Wood.  He graduated from Coe College in 1914 and then studied for several years at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  After serving in World War I, and then briefly studying at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Montpellier, France, he returned to Cedar Rapids.  With the exception of a couple of trips abroad to improve his artistic skills and enjoy the French countryside, Cone spent the majority of his life in his hometown.  There, he taught art at Coe College for more than four decades, and although he never achieved great fame, he was highly respected by his contemporaries.

Marvin Cone's In the Studio

As a professor for more than 40 years, Marvin Cone spent a great deal of time in the classroom, which left little time to paint.  He was able, however, to arrange his teaching schedule to allow a bit of most every afternoon for painting.  Not having a studio on campus, Cone painted most of his works in his home in Cedar Rapids at 1721 Fifth Avenue S.E.  Given that he spent every free moment in the studio making art, it is not surprising that some of Cone's paintings are about the studio or captured studio elements. 

Achmed is included in the exhibition, "Marvin Cone: An American Master."  It is part of the In the Studio gallery which features paintings about Cone's studio alongside several items from his house and studio.  Achmed was named for his cat, Achmed, who appears in the work.  The exhibition is on view at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art through January 20, 2013.  For hours and admission fees, please visit the Museum's website.

Text and image from the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art.  Image © Estate of Marvin Cone.

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