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A Morning Snow--Hudson River

George Wesley Bellows

American Art

On View: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, The City and the Rise of the Modern Woman, 1900–1945
Assured, slashing strokes of a heavily loaded brush capture the effects of morning light reflected from freshly fallen snow. This view shows the Hudson River and New Jersey from Manhattan’s Upper West Side. George Wesley Bellows conveyed the sense of the city awakening through his depiction of the man shoveling snow, people going to work, boats plying the river, and smoke and steam interrupting the still, crisp atmosphere.

Elements of this composition move toward abstraction. The elevated vantage point reduces the illusion of depth, while horizontal and vertical components, seen particularly in the fence and tall trees, provide a subtle gridlike structure.
MEDIUM Oil on canvas
DATES 1910
DIMENSIONS 45 1/16 x 63 3/16 in. (114.5 x 160.5 cm) frame: 49 1/4 x 67 1/4 x 3 1/2 in. (125.1 x 170.8 x 8.9 cm)  (show scale)
SIGNATURE Signed lower left: "Geo Bellows."
CREDIT LINE Gift of Mrs. Daniel Catlin
CAPTION George Wesley Bellows (American, 1882-1925). A Morning Snow--Hudson River, 1910. Oil on canvas, 45 1/16 x 63 3/16 in. (114.5 x 160.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. Daniel Catlin, 51.96 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 51.96_PS1.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 51.96_PS1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2007
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