New York

George Bellows

Whitney Museum of American Art

The first major retrospective of the paintings of George Bellows to be seen in thirty years, this exhibition afforded a welcome opportunity to reassess the work of a leading figure in early 20th-century American art.

Bellows, who was born in 1882 in Columbus, Ohio, moved to New York in 1904, where he studied with the painter Robert Henri, a kind of Hans Hofmann of turn-of-the-century realism whose focus on urban subjects Bellows adopted and used to make his mark. Before he was thirty, Bellows’ career was launched with such paintings as Stag at Sharkey’s, 1909, the first of his wildly popular fight scenes, and New York, 1911, a dazzling panorama of Manhattan. While in both of these paintings Bellows employs the fast and slashing brushwork typical of American realists of the period (he belonged to the group of painters known as the Ash-Can school, which included John Sloan and George Luks),

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