Gr8at – George Bellows

George Wensley Bellows was a hugely talented American realist painter who arguably captured better than anyone else the life of the city working classes.  He may have died at 42, but his phenomenal way of looking at regular people and the landscape around them, will live on. I saw his retrospective in The Royal Academy last year and not having heard of him earlier, I was utterly mesmorised by his depictions. Here are my favourites.

New York (1911)

New York (1911)

North River (1908)

North River (1908)

Blue Snow (1910)

Blue Snow (1910)

Men of the Docks (1912)

Men of the Docks (1912)

Rain on the River (1908)

Stag at Sharkey's (1909)

Stag at Sharkey’s (1909)

Snow Capped River (1911)

Snow Capped River (1911)

Pennsylvania Excavation (1908)

Pennsylvania Excavation (1908)

22 thoughts on “Gr8at – George Bellows

    • My sister invited me along to a double exhibition of him and Édouard Manet, and I’ve been a fan of Bellows ever since. I have the New York one in my room. It reminds me of my trip there.

      • It does…the way he captured the moment captivated me…it was the only painting that left me impressed…the rest are beautiful but that one is the best in my opinion. Which one is your favorite?

      • Choosing just 8 was hard enough haha. The boxing one is astonishing, and the New York one reminds me of my time there, but Snow Capped River has the most incredible use of light and colour so I’d probably have to choose that.

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