A comprehensive and easy-to-navigate online catalogue raisonné of George Bellows compiled and organized by foremost Bellows scholar Glenn C. Peck of H.V. Allison & Co., a fine arts dealership established in 1941 by by Harry V. Allison and his son Gordon K. Allison.
George Wesley Bellows is best known for his scenes of urban life, sporting events, and portraits. Bellows was born in Columbus, Ohio. After attending Ohio State University from 1901 to 1904, he enrolled in the New York School of Art, where he studied under William Merritt Chase and Robert Henri; Edward Hopper and Rockwell Kent were fellow students…Bellows became associated with the free-spirited group of artists and critics centered around Robert Henri—known as The Eight, as well as by Frank Crowninshield, Edward Hopper, and Leon Kroll…[and] Both radicals and conservatives alike praised his expressive, boldly brushed landscapes, urban scenes, and portraits for their “American temperament.”
Bellows was among the artists who helped organize the avant-garde Armory Show in 1913 and some of his works were exhibited there. Despite his involvement in the Armory Show and its commitment to promoting the most advanced styles of art, he was able to straddle both the academic and progressive movements. His art encompassed both less conventional subjects such as boxing scenes and political events, as well as more traditional images—portraits and leisure activities.
In 1916 he began to experiment with lithography, an interest he pursued for the rest of his life. His lithographs show dramatic contrasts of light and dark similar to the interplay of light and shadow seen in his paintings, particularly his scenes of boxing matches. And the dynamic and free brushwork of his painted images is carried over into the broad sweep of the lithographic crayon in his prints. In 1922, Bellows moved to Woodstock, New York, where he remained until his death in 1925.
*Permission provided by Yale University Press to adapt texts from Passantino & Scott, The Eye of Duncan Phillips ( “Eye” ), The Phillips Collection in association with Yale University Press; Washington, New Haven, and London, 1999.
- Alfred A. Knopf (New York, 1929): The Paintings of George Bellows (Internet Archive)
- Artcyclopedia: George Bellows
- Boston Public Library Flickr Stream: George Wesley Bellows Prints
- Metropolitan Museum of Art: George Bellows
- The New Yorker: Audio Slide Show of George Bellows
- Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, SUNY New Paltz [Exhibition Catalogue, August 13 – September 23, 2001]: With my Profound Reverence for the Victims: Lithographs & Drawings by George Bellows
- Thomas French Fine Art & George Bellows Family Trust: George Wesley Bellows Original Lithographs & Drawings