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George Bellows
     

George Bellows

by Charles Brock (Editor), Sarah Cash, Mark Cole, Robert Conway, David Peters Corbett
 

This wide-ranging retrospective of an American genius covers, for the first time, every stage of George Bellows' short but prolific career and is destined to become the definitive work for Bellows scholarship. Published in conjunction with a major retrospective exhibition, this book documents the artist's career from his youthful meteoric rise to the largely

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This wide-ranging retrospective of an American genius covers, for the first time, every stage of George Bellows' short but prolific career and is destined to become the definitive work for Bellows scholarship. Published in conjunction with a major retrospective exhibition, this book documents the artist's career from his youthful meteoric rise to the largely unexplored period preceding his death. Mentored by Robert Henri, leader of the Ashcan school in New York in the early part of the twentieth century, Bellows skillfully and audaciously painted the world around him: street children, tenements, boxers, urban and rural landscapes, seascapes, war scenes, and family portraiture. He was also an accomplished graphic artist whose illustrations and lithographs addressed a wide array of social, religious, and political subjects. More than 200 reproductions from every stage of Bellows' career are accompanied by a series of essays that offer a substantial reconsideration of the artist, drawing comparisons to Manet, Goya, El Greco, and Picasso, and tracing his rise to the emergence of other American greats such as Edward Hopper. A chronology and two appendices devoted to Bellows' personal record book and his published illustrations for periodicals such as The Masses and Harper's Weekly reveal the full range of his remarkable artistic achievements. Authoritative and exhaustive, this groundbreaking book firmly establishes Bellows' unique place in the history of both American art and Western art in general.

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Library Journal
In association with the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, which is currently holding a major George Bellows retrospective, this account of Bellows's paintings, drawings, and graphic art has 12 contributions, each written by a different scholar. The result, edited by Brock (associate curator, American & British paintings, National Gallery of Art; American Modernism: The Shein Collection), is a lively and comprehensive consideration of Bellows, the Ashcan School artist known for his modernist figurative depictions of life in the first two decades of the 20th century. Bellows's art famously covered wide subject matter, including New York tenement life; Woodstock, VT, townscapes; Monhegan, ME, seascapes; and boxing matches and portraiture. No other volume solely on Bellows's work has been published in decades, though he has appeared in books about the Ashcan School, such as the recent An American Experiment: George Bellows and the Ashcan School by David Peters Corbett. The Bellows retrospective will move on to New York's Metropolitan Museum and London's Royal Academy. This well-written book will appeal to art lovers in the three cities hosting the exhibit, and anyone interested in the Ashcan School or New York in the 1910s and '20s. VERDICT This is a fresh look at an artist due for a book-length treatment.—Kathryn Wekselman, Cincinnati, OH

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783791351872
Publisher:
Prestel Publishing
Publication date:
05/09/2012
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
929,483
Product dimensions:
9.70(w) x 11.50(h) x 1.40(d)

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