George Bellows

Creator Details

  • Birth

    Aug. 12, 1882 (Columbus, Ohio)

  • Death

    Jan. 8, 1925 (New York, New York)

A brash young baseball player from Ohio, George Bellows moved to New York in 1904 to become a painter. After studying with Robert Henri and a group of realist artists who came to be known as the Ashcan School, Bellows established his reputation with gritty depictions of modern life in New York City, and with vibrant seascapes that capture the ocean’s vastness, power, and beauty. In addition to Bellows’ 1917 seascape The Fisherman, the Carter is home to the largest collection of Bellows’ prints: a master set of 220 works—219 lithographs and one etching—acquired from the artist’s estate in 1985. This master set represents the full range of Bellows’ output as a printmaker and includes depictions of athletes, boxing matches, religious gatherings, street children, tenements, and warfare, as well as intimate nude studies and portrait renderings.

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