Born: August 12-19, 1882, Columbus, Ohio Died: January 8, 1925
Bellows was an American realist painter know for his bold depictions of urban life in New York City. He was part of the Ashcan School and The Eight movements. He first achieved notice in 1908, when he and other pupils of Robert Henri organized an exhibition of mostly urban studies. Growing prestige as a painter brought changes in Bellow's life and work. He began to receive portrait commissions, as well as social invitations, from New York's wealthy elite. At the same time, the always socially conscious artist also associated with a group of radical artists and activists called "The lyrical Left", who tended towards anarchism in their extreme advocacy of individual rights. Bellows made significant contributions to lithography, helping to expand the use of the medium as a fine art in the U.S. In December 1999, Polo Crowd, a 1910 painting, sold for US $27.5 million to billionaire Bill Gates.
Selected Collections: Art Institute of Chicago Butler Institute of American Art, Ohio Dallas Museum of Art, Texas The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Museum of Modern Art, New York City The Phillips Collection, Washington D.C. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City
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