Beach at Coney Island (1908-10) by George Bellows

Beach at Coney Island - George Bellows - 1908

Artwork Information

TitleBeach at Coney Island
ArtistGeorge Bellows
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions106.7 x 152.4 cm (42 x 60 in.)
Art MovementAmerican Realism
Current LocationPrivate collection

About Beach at Coney Island

The artwork “Beach at Coney Island” is an oil on canvas painting created by the artist George Bellows in 1908. An embodiment of the American Realism movement, the painting measures 106.7 x 152.4 cm (42 x 60 in.) and falls under the genre painting category. Presently, the artwork is housed within a private collection.

The artwork encapsulates a vivid scene from the famed New York amusement area, exhibiting the liveliness and diversity of the beachgoers. At the forefront, the action unfolds with numerous figures engaged in seaside leisure. A group of children is visible at the center: some are standing and conversing, while others appear to be involved in beachside play. The attire of the figures suggests the fashion of the early 20th century, reflecting the era’s modest beachwear, with hats and full clothing rather than modern swimwear.

To the left, a man lounges on the sand, partially reclined with his head propped up by his hand, seemingly relaxed or perhaps observing the surrounding activity. A sense of immediacy and energy prevails throughout the scene, enhanced by the artist’s vigorous brushwork and lively color palette. Bellows has employed light and shadow to great effect, with the sun illuminating certain parts of the canvas, such as the sand and the whites of clothing, contributing to the depiction of a bright summer’s day.

Background figures are depicted with less detail, showcasing a bustling atmosphere as more beachgoers gather near the shoreline and the ocean waves crash in the distance. The inclusion of striped tents on either side of the composition adds depth to the scene and anchors the viewer’s eye amidst the throng of activity. The brushstrokes and color choices effectively capture the dynamic atmosphere, warmth, and light one would expect from a beach setting, making the viewer feel almost like a part of the joyful crowd.

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