This presentation represents much of Grell’s theatre work in the 1920’s and early 1930’s. Cupid and the cherubs are prominent in the Chicago Theatre today from his 1933 redecoration for the Chicago Worlds Fair: A Century of Progress. Grell also utilized cherubs for the original 1921 Chicago Theatre murals. The Toledo (OH) Paramount Theatre had two sections with cherub related murals; its large Rotunda featured a mural with two cherubs.
Pink clouds and fractured trees appear in many of Grell’s conceptions that seem to possess a special importance.
California artist Emerson Woelffer (1914-2003), during an 1977 interview conducted by UCLA, recalls going to visit Grell in his art studio at the Tree Studios art colony building in Chicago and found him painting clouds for a Balaban & Katz theatre around 1929.
oil on canvas, sight 28 1/8″ x 22 1/8″ frame 33.5″ x 27.25″ signed l/r “LOUIS GRELL 1924”