George Wesley Bellows
On View: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, The City and the Rise of the Modern Woman, 1900–1945
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.
Oil on canvas
29 15/16 x 21 7/8 in. (76 x 55.5 cm)
frame: 37 1/8 × 29 1/8 × 3 1/4 in. (94.3 × 74 × 8.3 cm) (show scale)
Signed lower right: "Geo. Bellows."
Gift of Daniel and Rita Fraad, Jr.
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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 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 65.204.1_SL1.jpg)
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