West Palm Beach, Florida
George Bellows: Love of Winter
December 7 - February 8, 1998
"New York," 1911
Oil on Canvas, Collection of National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Never before have so many of Bellows's winter paintings been shown at one time. Examination of the group of work as a whole demonstrates Bellows's great feeling for color and composition, as well as his virtuosity as a handler of paint. In fact, John Wilmerding, the leading scholar of the art of this period, has pointed out that, "...his handling of paint in its luscious, tumultuous, elegant purity would not find reincarnation in American art for another half-century or more..."
"Pennsylvania Station Exhibition," 1909
Oil on canvas, Collection of the Brooklyn Museum of Art
The Exhibition Catalogue
"George Bellows. Love of Winter" is accompanied by a major 112 page catalogue published by the Norton Museum of Art. This includes an essay by John Wilmerding entitled "George Bellows and the American Winter," in which Professor Wilmerding outlines the development of the winter genre in the history of Art, as well as in Bellows's work. David Setford, Chief Curator of the Norton Museum of Art, and curator of this exhibition, has contributed an article to this catalogue entitled "George Bellows: Love of Winter," which outlines Bellows's developing methods, examines the locales which inspired Bellows's winter paintings, and determines their importance in Bellows's total oeuvre. The publication also includes an illustrated catalogue of the exhibition; an illustrated checklist of all Bellows's known winter paintings; and the checklist of an associated exhibition "Blanketed in Snow: American Winter Scenes" which examines the winter paintings of Bellows's contemporaries. The catalog is underwritten by the Richard and Jane Manoogen Foundation and the Ronald H. Cordarer Family Foundation.
Text and images courtesy of Norton Museum of Art.
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