George Wesley Bellows
American, 1882-1925
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Collected by major museums
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields
Selected exhibitions
2017
Wild Spaces, Open Seasons: Hunting and Fishing in American Art,
Amon Carter Museum of American Art
2016
American Visions: 1870–1940, Works from the Bank of America Collection,
Montclair Art Museum
East Building Permanent Collection,
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Ashcan school member George Bellows painted observant, grittily realistic images of early 20th-century urbanity. Though trained in America, he was interested in European art and helped organize the groundbreaking 1913 Armory Show. Bellows' portrayals of boxers and tenement dwellers were executed in a loose, somewhat impressionistic style, with bold brushstrokes, thick paint, and a muted color palette. He also painted members of his circle in portraits, as well as seascapes and landscapes of the Northeast. In his later works, Bellows explored more modern ideas of color and composition, before his unexpected death at the height of his prowess due to appendicitis complications.