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)