Pennsylvania Station Excavation
George Bellows’s painting of the excavation for the new Pennsylvania Station—a project that transformed the densely populated area into an unprecedented gaping expanse—is a forceful example of his exceptional embrace of contemporary urban reality as subject matter. It also demonstrates the emotional charge of his muscular Realist style. The scene has an infernal quality, with machinery circled by small fires, smoke rising from a snowy pit, and a massive building with chimneys spewing soot across the acid blue of a winter sky at sunset.
- Artist: George Wesley Bellows, American, 1882-1925
- Medium: Oil on canvas
- Dates: ca. 1907-1908
- Dimensions: 31 3/16 x 38 1/4 in. (79.2 x 97.1 cm) Frame: 36 1/4 x 43 3/4 in. (92.1 x 111.1 cm) (show scale)
- Signature: Unsigned
- Collections:American Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in American Identities: A New Look, Modern Life, 5th Floor
- Accession Number: 67.205.1
- Credit Line: A. Augustus Healy Fund
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- Caption: George Wesley Bellows (American, 1882-1925). Pennsylvania Station Excavation, ca. 1907-1908. Oil on canvas, 31 3/16 x 38 1/4 in. (79.2 x 97.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, A. Augustus Healy Fund, 67.205.1
- Catalogue Description: Painting of pit for foundation of Penn Station.
- Record Completeness: Best (85%)