Tennis. 1920. Lithograph Edition 63. 463 x 507 mm
George Bellows was an American painter and printmaker, known for his contributions to the Ashcan School. While Bellows was born in Ohio, he moved to New York City in 1904 to pursue a career as an artist. Bellows and the other Aschan artists are known for depicting everyday, middle-class people, rather than the bourgeois class. Many of Bellows prints have socio-political themes, as Bellows was associated with a socialist journal, The Masses and other political groups.
River-Front. 1923-24. Lithograph. Edition 51
In 1916, Bellows became increasingly interested in lithography as a means of artistic production. An early portfolio of prints consisted of a number of lithographs illustrating scenes from World War I.
Apart form Bellows politically themed work; the artist is most remembered for his powerful lithographs depicting boxing matches. Bellows lithograph titled “A Stag at Sharkey’s” produced in 1917, is easily the artist’s most iconic work.
Preliminaries. 1916. Lithograph. Edition 67
Training Quarters. 1916. Lithograph
A Stag at Sharkey’s. 1917. Lithograph
Bellows eventually had his own lithography press, where he produced hundreds of prints, both as solo projects and collaborations with other artists and writers. Bellows interest in lithography led many of his contemporaries to develop an interest in printmaking.
Today Bellows work is in major art museums around the country, including the National Gallery in DC and the Whitney Museum of Art in New York. His lithographs remain popular and highly valuable among fine art collectors around the world.