George Bellows: Modern American Life

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Royal Academy of Arts

Until Sun Jun 9 2013

  • Stag at Sharkey's, 1909

    © The Cleveland Museum of Art

    Stag at Sharkey's, 1909
  • New York, 1911

    the Board of Trustees, National Gallery of Art, Washington

    New York, 1911
  • North River, 1908

    Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Joseph E. Temple Fund

    North River, 1908
  • Men of the Docks, 1912

    Royal Academy of Arts

    Men of the Docks, 1912
  • Love of Winter, 1914

    © The Art Institute of Chicago

    Love of Winter, 1914

Stag at Sharkey's, 1909

© The Cleveland Museum of Art

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John Rollin

What a revelation ! Bellows work is astounding. He recorded everything from the gentry of New York at leisure to the gritty reality of boxing matches , to people laboring in winter and much more. Rarely have I been drawn in emotionally to so many works in one place.His vivid use of colour , light and shade, and bravado with night scenes is just brilliant. The characters in his paintings are so engaging and the atmosphere he transmits through his work , no matter what subject , is tangible. This exhibition is so rich in delights. Do not hesitate to see it. One visit , for me, is not enough.