Dionysus (Roman Bacchus) and Ariadne (1951) painting;
The Feast of Dionysus (1935) watercolor, 12.5″ x 20″;
The Feast of Bacchus on Mount Olympus (1935) mural, 7′ x 20′ Fountain Square Hotel, Fountain Bar, Cincinnati, OH.
Also shown are four images of Grell standing at his easel in Tree Studios, Chicago, IL while applying some finishing touches to Dionysus (Roman Bacchus) and Ariadne. The Artist, a version of Neptune and an unknown painting can be seen in the background. Bacchus is believed to be part of Grell’s ‘lifetime series of ten’ important large mythological paintings. A very similar standing Bacchus large mural can be seen inside the Chicago Theatre (1933) today. A Bacchus & panther scene was incorporated into the lobby ceiling at the Gateway Theatre (Chicago 1930).
In 1935, the Fountain Square Hotel in Cincinnati, announced the grand unveiling festivities were to be held at the hotel inside the famous Fountain Bar (The Cincinnati Enquirer, August 31, 1935, page 2). The mural is held in a private collection, rolled up and in need of some conservation work.
A cropped portion of the ‘Louis Grell painting Bacchus 2’ photo was reproduced in Albert Pick’s Topicks magazine from 1952 indicating why the four photographs of Grell standing in front of this painting exist (Pick Topicks Sept. – October, 1952 Vol. 10 Nos. 9-10, page 6).
oil on canvas, signed lr “LOUIS GRELL 1951″ painting = 46″ x 60″ frame = 51.5″ x 65.5”