George Bellows

George Bellows, Peter A. Juley & Son Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum J0001238
George Bellows
Also Known as
George Wesley Bellows
George W. Bellows
Columbus, Ohio 1882
New York, New York 1925
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As a college student at Ohio State, George Bellows played on the basketball and baseball teams, balancing his athletics with sketching for the school yearbook. He saved enough money from selling his drawings and playing semiprofessional baseball to move to New York, where he studied art under Robert Henri. Bellows soon became Henri’s protégé and assistant. His teacher’s enthusiasm for painting ordinary Americans matched Bellows’s appetite for city life. Recalling their meeting, Bellows declared that his life “begins at this point.” He went to sporting clubs and other public places to capture the boisterous and diverse mix of social classes he found there. At the height of his career Bellows experimented in oils and lithographs with a variety of subjects, including boxing scenes, portraits, construction sites, polo matches, and seascapes. (Doezema, George Bellows and Urban America, 1992)