Excavation at Night (1908) by George Bellows

Excavation at Night - George Bellows - 1908

Artwork Information

TitleExcavation at Night
ArtistGeorge Bellows
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions86.4 x 111.8 cm (34 x 44 in.)
Art MovementAmerican Realism
Current LocationPrivate collection
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About Excavation at Night

Excavation at Night is a painting created by George Wesley Bellows in 1908. It depicts the construction work happening at Pennsylvania Street Station, New York City, during the night. The painting is known for its dramatic effect created by the nocturnal setting. Bellows’ use of color and brushwork aligns with modernism.

This painting highlights the largest indoor space in New York City at that time. Bellows’ series of works on life by the Hudson River in New York City also include ‘Up the Hudson.’ The painting is a part of the Chester Dale Collection and is in the public domain.

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