Luscious, Delicate, Muscular Bellows

George Bellows

an exhibition at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., June 10–October 8, 2012; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, November 14, 2012–February 18, 2013; and the Royal Academy of Arts, London, March 16–June 9, 2013
Catalog of the exhibition edited by Charles Brock
National Gallery of Art/Metropolitan Museum of Art/Royal Academy of Arts/Prestel, 335 pp.,$60.00; $40.00 (paper)

In George Bellows’s art one finds, especially in his early pictures, which are among the most beautiful made by an American, that his subject is elusive. It seems to be simply (or not so simply) an exuberance in being alive.

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