Newport Art Museum

Newport, RI



George Bellows in Newport and Beyond


An exhibition of works by George Bellows will be shown at the Newport Art Museum this summer. "George Bellows in Newport and Beyond" will open on June 24, 2000 and can be seen through September 10, 2000 in the Museum's Morris Gallery. Several of his paintings, lithographs and drawings of Newport and the Paradise area will be shown together for the first time. (left: George Bellows, Autumn Flame, 1913, oil on panel, Newport Art Museum, Newport, RI)

George Bellows (1882-1925) spent the summers of 1918 and 1919 in Newport and Middletown, RI. In a newspaper society column of the time, it was noted that "Mr. Bellows, who is among the prominent artists of the country, is now using Newport views for his latest works."

Raised and educated in Ohio, Bellows studied in New York City in 1904 at the New York School of Art under Robert Henri, than developing the style known as "Ashcan Realism." Bellows matured rapidly as an artist and became known for his depictions of urban life executed in bold colors and broad brushstrokes. He applied this style to various landscapes while residing on Sachuest Way in the Paradise area not far from Newport. He died young of a ruptured appendix, cutting short a highly successful art career.

The exhibition will include two famous paintings of the Newport Casino as well as several landscapes of the Paradise area. The museum's archives contain significant correspondence between Bellows and Maud Howe Elliott, the museum's founder, concerning early exhibitions of his work at the then Newport Art Association. This correspondence will be displayed as will be scrapbook articles documenting Bellow's activities.

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For further biographical information on selected artists cited above please see America's Distinguished Artists, a national registry of historic artists.

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