George Wesley Bellows was a renowned American realist painter born in Columbus, Ohio in 1882. Although he studied at Ohio State University, Bellows moved to New York City in 1904 to pursue art as a profession. Influenced by painter Robert Henri and associated with The Eight, Bellows became known for his bold depictions of urban life in the city.
Bellows was primarily self-taught but discovered his love for drawing early on, even before he began elementary school. His ability to capture everyday scenes with striking realism made him a major American artist of the early 20th century. He completed nearly two hundred lithographs of his paintings; these precise recreations highlighted the power of his images and allowed them to reach an even wider audience.
Bellows developed a signature style that valued vivid colors and deep contrasts, evoking a sense of drama that reflected on urbanity’s darker side. Throughout his career, Bellows explored themes such as social concerns as well as celebrations — ranging from boxing matches to landscapes — earning him critical acclaim during his lifetime and beyond.
Even after Bellows passed away unexpectedly at the age of forty-two due to appendicitis-related complications, his impact on American art remained undeniable. Today, many consider him one of America’s best-known artists thanks to his contributions’ strength and significance during the modernist era.
All George Bellows Artwork on Artchive
|A Morning Snow - Hudson River||1910||Oil On Canvas|
|River Rats||1906||Oil On Canvas|
|Paddy Flannigan||1908||Oil On Canvas|
|Beach at Coney Island||1908||Oil on Canvas|
|Cliff Dwellers||1913||Oil on Canvas|
|Stag at Sharkey's||1909||oil|
|Excavation at Night||1908||Oil on Canvas|
|Forty-two Kids||1907||Oil on Canvas|