A Morning Snow--Hudson River
George Wesley Bellows
On View: American Identities: A New Look, American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, The City and the Rise of the Modern Woman, 1900–1945, 5th Floor
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.
Oil on canvas
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)
Signed lower left: "Geo Bellows."
Gift of Mrs. Daniel Catlin
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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
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