- George Bellows
Buy this book from Amazon (US)
- Though he was the most famous and most highly regarded American artist of his era, George Bellows, the intense, prolific painter of the early twentieth century, has remained as much of an enigma to his successors as to his contemporaries. Best known for his gritty, impressionistic depictions of underground boxing and the lower east side of New York, Bellows was also influenced by cultural movements and theories of art as diverse as transcendentalism and surrealism. In George Bellows: American Artist, Joyce Carol Oates, the celebrated novelist, playwright, and essayist, explores his life and work from the perspective of a writer and admirer. Examining Bellows" art within his historical and cultural contexts, Oates sheds new light on his techincal versatility and voracious imagination. From early New York paintings such as "River Rats" (1906) and "Stag at Sharkey"s" (1909), to his turbulent visions of the Maine coast, "An Island in the Sea" (1911) and "In a Rowboat" (1916), to portraiture such as "Mr. and Mrs. Philip Wase" (1924), and pastoral scenes such as "The White Horse" (1922), Oates draws the reader into the brilliant and troubled mind of the artist. Too versatile to easily categorize, Bellows has often been swept aside into the footnotes of art history. Bringing her own distinctive vision to bear on Bellows" extraordinary oeuvre, Joyce Carol Oates has written an insightful and necessary study of this significant American artist.