|Men of the Docks, 1912|
Bellows painted longshore men on the Brooklyn waterfront, waiting to unload a vast ocean liner with the skyscrapers of Manhattan in the background. He painted the street life of the Lower East Side, tin can fights between gangs, skinny boys bathing in the muddy East River,
and the vast excavation pit where workers toiled to build Penn Station. He painted the baying audience at seedy boxing clubs in the parts of the city where the tired, the poor and the huddled masses now swarmed. This is the underbelly of Edith Wharton's New York.
|Stag at Sharkey's, 1909|
|North River, 1908|
|Love of Winter, 1914|
|Mr and Mrs Phillip Wase, 1924|
|Easter Snow, 1915|
Finally, simply because it seems horribly appropriate, I couldn't resist this painting of ladies in their new spring outfits defying the snowy Easter weather of 1915.
Bellows is barely known in the UK, so I don't suppose this exhibition will be a crowd-puller but I think it's a knock-out.