Bellows, George

Bellows, George (Wesley)

(1882–1925) painter, lithographer; born in Columbus, Ohio. After studying at the University of Ohio and rejecting the possibility of a career in baseball, he came to New York to study painting with Robert Henri (1904). His life-long interest in athletics was reflected in many of his strongest paintings, such as Stag at Sharkey's (1907). He helped to organize the famous Armory Show in 1913 but he continued to work within the more conservative traditions of social realism and family portraiture. Moved by the horrors of World War I, he did a powerful series of anti-war paintings. In 1916 he took up lithography and book illustrations and is credited with reviving these as serious mediums for American artists.
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Among the 300 paintings in the Terra Collection are important works by George Bellows, George Caleb Bingham, John Singleton Copley, Stuart Davis, Charles Demuth, Marsden Hartley, Frederick Childe Hassam, Martin Johnson Heade, Robert Henri, Edward Hicks, John La Farge, Reginald Marsh, Samuel F.