The Columbus Museum of Art had an excellent visiting art
exhibit of George Wesley Bellows’ paintings. I have always
enjoyed the combination of impressionism, realism and raw
beauty in the everyday subjects that George Bellows portrayed.
Some of the various subjects that have caught my transfixed
eyes while studying Bellows’ artwork have been the ones that
featured prize fighters, street people, and subjects found
in the urban scenery. The paintings of average, ‘down to earth’
people being caught in his honest portrayal of them.
Bellows’ exhibits have often had the additional words
attached to his name… and “The American Experience.”
Turns out, George Bellows, has Columbus, Ohio roots! He
attended the Ohio State University (he was a ‘drop out’
there) and Parsons’ The New School of Design.
He started out here in Central Ohio, before finding his fame
and fortune in New York City.
George Wesley Bellows lived from August, 1885 until January,
1925. This would not be considered a long and healthy life.
Unfortunately, he died of a ruptured appendix at age 42.
George Bellows left us ‘rich’ in his portrayal of people who
may never have been considered artistic models or worthy of
the subject matter in painting. He was ‘ahead of his time,’
in this respect and left us a great body of work to view.
I am saddened to tell you that the George Bellows’ traveling
exhibit’s last day was on January 5, 2014. Please check to
see where this exhibit is moving to, next! Hopefully, it
will be in a location nearby where you live. There are many
great examples of his artwork on the internet, but this
‘pales’ in contrast to the actual paintings.
You don’t have to be ‘rich’ to explore the Columbus Museum
of Art. It is Free to all, free will donations on Sundays!
I feel that there are so many other fine artists for you
to see, I would encourage you to go to your local art