Pennsylvania Station Excavation
George Wesley Bellows
On View: American Identities: A New Look, Modern Life, 5th Floor
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.
Oil on canvas
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)
A. Augustus Healy Fund
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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
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Painting of pit for foundation of Penn Station.
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