The Stories behind Some of the Most Striking Sports Photographs of the Last Century
Sheet: 9 1/2 x 16"; Image: 18 1/8” x 14 3/4” Mounting board: 23 7/8” x 20 1/2”
A few inconspicuous mounting creases in the image. Printed on fine chine paper, mounted to paper board, most probably by the artist’s first print dealer, Frederick Keppel & Company, in the mid 1920’s. This is consistent with other similar mounted examples in the estate of the artist.
Signature: Signed and titled by the artist; Signed lower left by the printer, Bolton Brown
The Keppel firm was active from 1868 to 1941, when Harry V. Allison started his own gallery, H. V. Allison Gallery.
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.
American, 1882-1925, Columbus, Ohio, based in New York, New York