George Bellows: 9 works

A slideshow of artworks auto-selected from multiple collections

By Google Arts & Culture

Frankie, The Organ Boy (1907) by George Wesley BellowsThe Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

'In Frankie, the Organ Boy, George Bellows painted a young sitter who hailed from the sordid streets of lower Manhattan.'

Three Rollers (1911) by George Wesley BellowsNational Academy of Design

'The rollers of Bellows' title seem to describe the island's headlands more than the surf to which the term is normally applied.'

Portrait of Florence Pierce (1914) by George BellowsThe Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

'His energetic style and broad brushwork won immediate praise and recognition, and at the age of 27, he was elected as one of the youngest associates in the history of the National Academy of Design. Four years later, in 1913, he became an academician and exhibited in New York's landmark Armory Show (International Exhibition of Modern Art).'

Emma at the Piano (1914) by George Wesley BellowsChrysler Museum of Art

'Although George Bellows was not officially a member of The Eight - artists who were known as the "Ashcan" group - he was closely associated with them. Profoundly influenced by the group's leader, Robert Henri, Bellows became well-known for his contemporary imagery, especially prize fights which chronicled the elements of power and struggle.'

I Was Beatin' 'is Face (1914) by George Wesley BellowsThe Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

'Ohio native and New York transplant George Bellows was drawn to physical confrontations and scrappy children as subjects.'

Portrait of Anne (1915/1915) by George BellowsHigh Museum of Art

'Though best known as an artist of the gritty New York scene, George Bellows was an accomplished figural painter. This charming rendering of his eldest daughter, Anne, was one of many he painted in the last decade of his career.'

A Stag at Sharkey's (1917) by George BellowsThe Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

'American artist George Bellows focused on images of urban realism. A Stag at Sharkey's, based on his 1909 oil painting, is one of the most iconic images of 20th-century American printmaking.'

A Stag at Sharkey’s (1917) by George BellowsBritish Museum

'George Bellows (1882--1925) attended the New York School of Art where he was taught by Robert Henri and John Sloan. He was part of a group of artists known as "The Eight" or the Ashcan School, who focused on images of urban realism.'

Three Children (1919) by George BellowsThe White House

'As an artist in the realist tradition, he is seen as absorbing the achievement of the great Americans whose lives overlapped his--Winslow Homer and Thomas Eakins. His achievement was memorable, and his death at forty-two deprived us of a major painter at his apogee.'

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