George Bellows's brief fascination with portraying pugnacious urban street boys arose in response to his teacher Robert Henri's passion for painting what contemporary critics called types--portraits of relatively anonymous people seen as representatives of a specific social or ethnic category. The portrayal of "types" was largely indebted to the seventeenth-century Dutch Baroque painter Frans Hals and reemerged with vigor in the art of the nineteenth-century French and Munich Realists. Bellows's powerful, unidealized image of this boy (who was identified simply as Jimmy Flannigan in the painter's record book) strongly conveys an impression of a spirited, streetwise character--a perception amplified by the energetic, bravura brushwork that corresponds to the boy's rough appearance.
- Artist: George Wesley Bellows, American, 1882-1925
- Medium: Oil on canvas
- Dates: 1908
- Dimensions: 29 15/16 x 21 7/8 in. (76 x 55.5 cm) (show scale)
- Signature: Signed lower right: "Geo. Bellows."
- Collections:American Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 65.204.1
- Credit Line: Gift of Daniel and Rita Fraad, Jr.
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- Caption: George Wesley Bellows (American, 1882-1925). The Newsboy, 1908. Oil on canvas, 29 15/16 x 21 7/8 in. (76 x 55.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Daniel and Rita Fraad, Jr., 65.204.1
- Record Completeness: Best (85%)