George Bellows

Gallery C
American Paintings

Moving into Gallery C, visitors encountered the work of Armory Show organizer George Bellows, now remembered primarily for his paintings of boxers. Bellows exhibited two drawings in his familiar pugilist motif, Lightweight Champion of the World and Between Rounds, in Gallery L. A self-proclaimed anarchist who worked with John Sloan on the socialist magazine The Masses and taught at Emma Goldman's Ferrer School of Art, Bellows depicted working-class forms of entertainment, such as boxing matches and the circus (above), found in Gallery C. However, he also consistently portrayed more monied sports arenas like the polo field. Bellows, often connected with the Ashcans for his portrayal of urban subjects, was accepted by New York's academic artists as well—in 1913, he became the youngest member of the National Academy of Design.


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