George Bellows

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

George Bellows (American, 1882-1925) painted many winter scenes of New York City, effectively contrasting the purity and simplicity of a snowfall with the surrounding grittiness of urban life. 

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.
-George Bellows

The month of December will be dedicated to the theme of "Winter". Please email your suggestion (not your own work please) with a few words to describe why you like it. Be sure to include the title, medium, size and year.

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