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George Wesley Bellows

George Wesley Bellows

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160 Discovered works of art  •  ID: #13008
George Wesley Bellows was an American painter and draftsman who was deeply committed to social issues. He was born in 1882 in Columbus, Ohio. The autodidact Bellows discovered the love of drawing as a child. However, in high school still outweighed his passion for sports. Bellows was a gifted baseball and basketball player. After graduation he plays baseball in the semi-professional league. In 1901, Bellows enrolled at Ohio State University. Here he began to reflect on his artistic abilities: He created illustrations for the student newspaper and worked as a commercial artist. Despite his drawing talent and success as a graphic artist, Bellows decided to focus on painting. Even before he graduated from Ohio, the ambitious young man moved to the city of New York, which was then, as now, an excellent place for aspiring artists.

In the trendy district of Manhattan Bellows met like-minded, including the artist Robert Henri . Henri was a professor of painting at the prestigious New York School of Art. For his art, Robert Henri used a progressive, immediate technique that was deliberately differentiated from the classical academic art of the previous years. His works showed courageously the everyday life of the simple American working class. Bellows was fascinated by Henrri's understanding of art and its handling of form and color. Influenced by Henri, Bellow developed a style the art historian later called American Realism. In New York, Bellow also found inspiration in his numerous visits to the famous Metropolitan Museum of Art. In 1911, his favorite museum even acquired his work entitled "Up the Hudson". This honor made Bellow one of the youngest artists whose works were acquired by the influential institution.

In 1906 Bellow moved into his own studio. Two years later, he participated in the initiated by Robert Henri exhibition called "The Eight". Bellow and the other seven artists in the exhibition protested against the strict and conservative guidelines of the National Academy of Design with their alternative showcase. Bellow's work and his social commitment to make the art world more just made him a star figure in the new cultural wave that wanted to create socially and politically charged art. Bellow collaborated with the socialist magazine "The Masses". He also criticized in a series of lithographs the invasion of Germany in Belgium and the role of the United States in the First World War.

In addition to his own work in the studio Bellow taught at the Art Students League in New York and at the Art Institution of Chicago and participated actively in exhibitions. His most famous paintings and lithographs, despite his affinity for social issues, are his athletic portraits, most notably the amateur boxers. © Meisterdrucke


The Cigarette, from 'The War' se...
1918 | lithograph

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The Cigarette, from 'The War' se...
1918 | lithograph

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A Stag at Sharkey's, 1917
1917 | lithograph

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A Stag at Sharkey's, 1917
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Jean 1923, 1923
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Jean 1923, 1923
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Jean 1923, 1923
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Jean 1923, 1923
1923 | lithograph

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Business-Men's Class, 1916
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Business-Men's Class, 1916
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'Olivia' (Olivia Sterner), 1916
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'Olivia' (Olivia Sterner), 1916
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Business-Men's Bath, 1923
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Business-Men's Bath, 1923
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Artists' Evening, 1916
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Artists' Evening, 1916
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