George W. Bellows (1882 - 1925) was an American painter who depicted scenes of urban life in his works. Although from Ohio, most of art was painted in New York City. His themes varied and included social and political themes, domestic life, sports, and landscapes. His wife and children were common subjects in his works. Our pattern collection includes most of his most recognized works including Dempsey and Firpo, Polo at Lakewood, Emma at the Piano, Paddy Flanagan, Builders of Ships, and Cliff Dwellers.

Patterns Included In This Set:

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Dempsey and Firpo

Evening Blue

Blue Morning

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Emma at the Piano

A Grandmother

Emma at the Window

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Emma in a Purple Dress

Nude with a Parrot

Builders of Ships

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Shore House

Paradise Point

Katherine Rosen

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Anne in White

Jean with Blue Book and Apple

Summer Fantasy

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Club Night

Forty Two Kids

Steaming Streets

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Stag at Sharkey's

The Palisades

Winter Afternoon Riverside Park

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Polo at Lakewood

Polo Crowd

The Circus

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West Wind

Emma and her Children

Paddy Flanagan

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Lucie

My House Woodstock

Elizabeth Alexander

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Criehaven Large

Cliff Dwellers

The Big Dory

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Maud Dale

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George Bellows was born in August of 1882 in Columbus, Ohio, and was his parents’ only child. With a father who was a building contractor and a mother whose desire was for him to enter the Methodist ministry, it is safe to say that George Bellows was born into an all-American family.

As a child, Bellows was extremely athletic and excelled at baseball; this athleticism was partially an attempt at self-defense against school bullies. During this trying time of his youth, George Bellows’ mother nurtured his artistic talent by permitting him to draw on Sundays as she read from the bible.

When it came time for Bellows to choose a university in 1901, he chose Ohio State. He showed himself to be a well-rounded individual who drew for the university’s yearbook, participated in plays, and played basketball and baseball. His artistic talent was quite apparent while at university, for it was there that the young artist frequently accepted commercial illustration jobs.

Although he was urged to take up baseball professionally, Bellows wisely chose to become a professional artist. In 1904, a year before graduation from Ohio State University, he moved to New York City to pursue his artistic passions with all of his heart.

After Bellows relocated from Columbus to New York City, Robert Henri of the New York School of Art became his teacher. It was Henri who nudged him to draw more realistically. With the help of Henri, Bellows created his early “masterpiece” in 1906: “The Cross-Eyed Boy”.

1908 was the year that Bellows began to draw some serious public attention. He did this by displaying his artwork in an exhibition with Robert Henri’s students. Some individuals claimed the paintings to be “crude”, but others enjoyed them. After this time Bellows became more and more notable as an artist.

George Bellows often depicted “street urchins” and city life in his paintings. His artwork defined him as a realist painter who was unafraid to use color, light, and texture in bold and intricate ways. Bellows had a unique way of painting harsh realities, such as poverty’s effects upon city dwellers, as beautifully as more ideal settings, such as landscapes.

“Stag at Sharkey’s” is considered by some to be Bellows’ key “masterpiece”. The painting, which depicts men boxing, is now iconic to the art world. No doubt George Bellows’ athletic prowess gave him further insight into the execution of “Stag at Sharkey’s”.

George Bellows married Emma Story in 1910; they had two daughters together named Anne and Jean. The new husband and father began to paint images such as portraits while keeping with his regular artwork subject matter. Many lovers of art have been touched by Bellows’ portraits of his family.

The American realist painter and lithographer George Bellows saw much success in his lifetime. The National Academy of Design offered him membership when he was just twenty-three. The Metropolitan Museum of Art first displayed his work when he was thirty. Taking into account the sensitivity he possessed as an artist and the magnanimity of his career, January 8, 1925, the day of George Bellows’ death, was a sincerely sad day.

August 12 (or 19), 1882, the day George Wesley Bellows was born, was one of the greatest days in history for American art. Little did the inhabitants of the sleepy town of Columbus realize that they were so near a would-be art legend. Neither did Bellows’ parents understand that he would grow up to become “the most acclaimed American artist of his time” (as stated by the Columbus Museum of Art).

To this day George Bellows continues to be an inspiration to many, just as his artwork remains an enduring gift to humanity.

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