George Bellows (1882-1925)

A painter and lithographer best known for his bold, realist depiction of urban life, George Bellows is one of the most important American artists of the early 20th century. Bellows was born in 1882 in Columbus, Ohio. He resided in New York City as well as in Woodstock, New York. Bellows studied at Ohio State University with Silas Martin; with William M. Chase and Robert Henri at the New York School of Art; and at the Henri School of Art in New York City. He was a member of numerous art clubs and associations, including the National Academy of Design; the Boston Art Club; and the Woodstock Artists Association. He exhibited his work at the National Academy; the Corcoran Gallery; the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts; the Newport Art Association; and the influential 1913 Armory Show, New York City. Although he is well-known for his urban scenes, Bellows also painted a number of portraits and landscapes during his career, including scenes of Monhegan Island, Maine and Aquidneck Island, Rhode Island, where he resided during the summer and early autumn of 1918 and 1919.

The Tree: Paradise, Middletown, Rhode Island 1918

by George Bellows (1882-1925)

Medium DetailOil on canvas
Dimensions19 7/8 x 24 1/8 in.
Signed LocationSigned “Geo Bellows,” lower right
Date Created1918
ProvenanceThe artist; to his estate, 1925–59; to [H. V. Allison & Company, New York, until 1964]; to [ACA Galleries, New York]; to private collection, until 1981; to sale, Christie, Manson & Woods, New York, April 24, 1981, no. 227B; to [Hirschl & Adler Galleries, New York, 1981–84]; to private collection, and by descent, 1984 until the present
LiteratureArtist’s account book B, p. 145 (painted in Middletown, Rhode Island, October 1918)

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