Ben Galos (Russian/American, 1894-1963), "Downtown Manhattan", oil on board, signed lower right, period "The Marbella Gallery, Inc., New York, NY" label with artist and title en verso, 10 in. x 8 in., framed. Note: Ben Galos was born in Vitebsk, Belarus in September of 1894. He studied with Yehuda Pen and Marc Chagall, most likely at the Vitebsk Art School established by Pen for Jewish art students. Galos emigrated with his family to New York in 1913 and studied at the National Academy of Design. His works were exhibited at the 1939 World's Fair in New York, the ACA Gallery, the National Academy of Design (1942, 1945, and 1949), the Audubon Artists, and other locations. Galos painted primarily in oil, and his works included portraits, landscapes, and especially cityscapes. In his 1947 one-man show at the Gramercy Galleries, twenty-two of his twenty-six paintings on exhibit were urban scenes of New York City and its environs, much like the work offered here. Ref.: New York Times. "Ben Galos, 67, Portraitist and Painter of Landscapes." May 20, 1963.