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Bellows's New York Realism comes to the Royal Academy
We are incredibly spoilt for art galleries in London, and one of the consequences is that we have opportunities to see exhibitions devoted to artists we may not even have come across before. George Bellows: Modern American Life will be presented at the Royal Academy, and will be the first retrospective in the UK of this American realist painter. His early works, until the beginning of WW1, were mainly concerned with working class New Yorkers, including boxers. After the war he went on to produce a series of lithographs, detailing the atrocities committed by the Germans after their invasion of Belgium. Bellows was extremely critical of domestic censorship and anti-war protesters and it would have been fascinating to have seen the work he may have produced had he lived longer than his 42 years, or if he had been born later in the twentieth-century.
George Bellows (Image Courtesy of Wikipedia)
The Royal Academy's exhibition will bring together paintings, drawings and lithographs produced across a span of twenty years.
Stag at Sharkey's (Image Courtesy of the Royal Academy Website)
Blue Snow: The Battery (Image Courtesy of Wikipedia)