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George Bellows, Master Realist

The Red Vine

H. Barbara Weinberg, Alice Pratt Brown Curator of American Paintings and Sculpture

By the time George Bellows died at age forty-two, he was deemed one of the greatest artists America had yet produced. Between 1905 and 1925, he enlisted a vigorous realist style to portray New York City's sites and characters, Maine's rugged coast, the atrocities of World War I, friends and family, and other distinctive subjects. Bellows' paintings, drawings, and prints are intensely American and yet linked to European works that he studied here at home—at the Metropolitan Museum, for example—rather than by going abroad. These two lectures, held in conjunction with the exhibition George Bellows, explore Bellows' accomplishments in the context of his time and in relation to those of his contemporaries.

This series is made possible by the Clara Lloyd-Smith Weber Fund.

Today's Topic:
Bellows Beyond the City

Above: George Bellows (American, 1882–1925). The Red Vine, Matinicus Island, Maine, 1916. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of The Chester Dale Collection, 1954 (54.196.3)

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