New York: George Bellows

George Bellows: New York

Here George Bellows captures all the vicissitudes of the modern city of New York as people of all classes are shown going about their daily business. Bellows, who painted this in 1911, even locates here several ‘times’, as the skyscraper is counterbalanced by the horse-drawn carriage – there is a visual escalation of the modernizing forces in society. His style of a loose Impressionism with its nebulous sight of the world helps reinforce this effect of rapid change.

George Bellows’ New York is in the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

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