George Wesley Bellows, ‘Tennis’, 1920, Skinner

Alternatively titled Tennis Tournament
Edition of 63 (Mason, 71).
Signed "Geo Bellows" in pencil l.r. and within the matrix, numbered and signed "31 Bolton Brown imp." in pencil l.l., titled in pencil l.c., identified on a label from H.V. Allison & Co., Inc., New York, affixed to the backing.
Image size 18 3/8 x 20 1/8 in. (46.5 x 51.0 cm), framed.

N.B. The subject is lawn tennis at The Newport Casino, and focuses more upon the sumptuous spectators than the match. Bellows and his family spent several summers in Rhode Island. This is one of the earliest works printed by Bolton Brown, marking the beginning of a long and fruitful collaboration.

About George Wesley Bellows

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, OH, United States, based in New York, NY, United States