Born in Cleveland, Ohio, George Ault was a painter most well-known for his architectonic city scenes from the 1920s and 1930s. He studied art in London at the Slade School of Art and moved to New York City in 1911. In 1937, Ault permanently moved to Woodstock, New York. The artist favored scenes of everyday life, and his style shifted toward Surrealism by the 1940s. He exhibited widely during his lifetime, notably at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, The Art Institute of Chicago, and the National Academy of Design, among others. His work is currently held in many prestigious collections including the Brooklyn Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.