George Wesley Bellows Biography | Oil Painting Reproductions

8-19-1882 Columbus, USA – 1-8-1925 New York, USA

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Bellows, George Wesley

George Wesley Bellows went to The Ohio State University from 1901 until 1904. There he played for the baseball and basketball teams. He was urged to become a professional baseball player, and he filled in as a commercial illustrator while a student at the University. Notwithstanding these opportunities in sports and commercial art, Bellows fancied accomplishment as a painter. Bellows was soon an understudy of Robert Henri at the New York School of Art and became associated with Henri's "The Eight" and the Ashcan School.

George Wesley Bellows initially gained notice in 1908, when he and other students of Robert Henri organized a show of for the most part mostly urban landscapes. Bellows taught at the Art Students League of New York in 1909, in spite of the fact that he was more keen on seeking a painting career. His fame grew as he contributed to other nationally recognized shows.

Bellows Famous Social Commentary Boxing Matches.

From 1907 through 1915, he executed a progression of artistic creations portraying New York City under snowfall. These works of art were the principle proving ground in which George Wesley Bellows built up his sense of light and visual textures. In any case, Bellows' series of paintings portraying amateur boxing match fights were ostensibly his mark to art history. Proceeding with the pattern that initially showed up in the United States toward the end of the nineteenth century, Bellows frequently painted sporting events, rendering them as scenes in a modern epic. One of his top picks was the boxing match as Dempsey And Firpo shows, he preferred the tension between the boxers' vicious effort and the onlookers' wild, in some cases even savage, expressions.

The socially cognizant Bellows additionally connected with a group of radical artists and activists called "the Lyrical Left", who tended towards political agitation in their extreme backing of individual rights. Bellows additionally prominently disagreed from this group in his exceptionally open support of U.S. intervention in World War I. In 1918, he made a series of lithographs and paintings that graphically portrayed outrages the Allies said had been done by Germany amid its invasion of Belgium. His work was additionally also highly critical of the domestic control and oppression of antiwar dissenters directed by the U.S. government under the Espionage Act.

In December 1999, Polo Crowd sold for US$27.5 million to Bill Gates. The White House acquired his painting Three Children in 2007, and it is presently shown in the Green Room.

Art Movement History: Ashcan School
Artists Influencing George Bellows: Robert Henri
Artist's Biography compiled by Albert L. Mansour, with text adapted from Wikipedia.

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