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A Morning Snow--Hudson River

Assured, slashing strokes of a heavily loaded brush capture the effects of morning light reflected from freshly fallen snow. This view of the Hudson River and New Jersey from Manhattan's Upper West Side transmits the sense of the city's awakening energies through its depiction of the man shoveling snow, people going to work, boats plying the river, and smoke and steam interrupting the still, crisp atmosphere—features that signal Bellows's affinity for the art of the New York Realist Robert Henri. Yet, more than many of his contemporaries, Bellows constructed his composition to exploit its abstract potential: the elevated vantage point flattens the plctollal space, which is then ordered by a subtle system of horizontal and vertical elements.


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