George Bellows Pennsylvania Station Excavation oil on canvas 31 3/16" x 38 1/4" ca. 1907-1908
George Bellows A Morning Snow, Hudson River oil on canvas 114.6 x 160.66 cm 1910
George Bellows Winter Afternoon oil on canvas 30"x38" 1909
I've always loved the strong value contrasts in Bellows' work, as well as the muscular quality of his brushwork. I love as well the distinctively intense quality to his choice of blues in his shadows, which always makes me think of spilled ultramarine blue ink.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art has a large George Bellows retrospective on exhibit through February 18, 2013. I have yet to see the show, but my curiosity if piqued by a New York Times review of the show, in which Bellows is called a "talented and ambitious yet complacent artist." Really? Complacent? I might instead use words like gutsy, bold, vigorous, not afraid to shock...but complacent?
The ideal artist is he who knows everything, feels everything, experiences everything, and retains his experience in a spirit of wonder and feeds upon it with creative lust.