…He conquered the New York Art World
A work of art can be any imaginable thing, and this is the beginning of modern painting. - GB, 1923
George Bellows’ artistic life was one of restless experimentation. From the dark and gritty underground of New York’s working class to the bright and eloquent leisurely days out of its upper class, his work was that of a social observer. Emotional force, exaggerated forms and themes of urban realism.
Manet was his artistic hero.
Try everything that can be done. Be deliberate. Be spontaneous. Be thoughtful and painstaking. Be abandoned and impulsive. Learn your own possibilities. - GB, 1920
Note to Londoners: George Bellows: Modern American Life at the Royal Academy is a wonderful show. A glimpse into the life and work of a great American artist. Look out for the beautifully composed boxer lithographs and the extraordinary light of the snow paintings.