I saw this exhibit this past weekend and recommend this exhibit to anyone who’s in New York city. George Bellows was regarded as one of America’s greatest artists when he died, at the young age of forty-two, thanks to a ruptured appendix. I’ll confess that while I knew of George Bellows, it was mostly from his painting of the famed Jack Dempsey vs. Luis Firpo boxing match from 1923 in which Firpo knocked the heavyweight champion clean out of the ring in the 1st round of their fight (pictured below). I was most impressed with his ability to convey mood, lighting, and color in a variety of different subject matters which included New York’s tenement life, gritty boxing matches, white-collar polo matches, scenic land and seascapes, portraits of friends and family, and bloody depictions of the atrocities of World War I. Each painting felt compositionally and visually correct. He was a master of mood and lighting, and also a master of conveying physical movement with a brush stroke. The exhibit features over one-hundred works and is the first comprehensive exhibit of Bellows’ work in nearly fifty years. I’ll put it to you this way, I just saw this exhibit and I’d happily go back again. Take a look at some of the featured works below. The exhibit runs until February 18th.