George Wesley Bellows is best known for his paintings of urban life, sporting events, and his portrait paintings.George Bellows was born in Columbus, Ohio .He attending Ohio State University from 1901 to 1904,and enrolled in the New York School of Art, where he studied under William Merritt Chase and Robert Henri. While in school, he supported himself by painting illustrations to popular magazines such as Vanity Fair. In 1906 he established his own studio in New York, and two years later won a prestigious award from the National Academy of Design for a landscape painting. Soon after his move to New York, Bellows became associated with the free-spirited group of artists and critics centered around Robert Henriâ€”known as The Eight,and Frank Crowninshield, Edward Hopper, and Leon Kroll. Championed equally by the conservative arts faction related to the National Academy of Design and the more progressive artists, Bellows maintained a curious, position in the American art world. Both radicals and conservatives alike praised his expressive, boldly brushed landscape paintings, urban paintings, and portraits for their â€œAmerican temperament.â€ In 1910 he began teaching at the Art Students League and soon after had his first one-person exhibition at the Independent Artists Gallery in New York. Bellows was one of the artists who helped organize the avant-garde Armory Show in 1913 and some of his paintings were exhibited there.He was able to paint both the academic and progressive movements. His art encompassed both less conventional subjects such as boxing scenes and political events, as well as more traditional portraits and leisure activities paintings.
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