Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Mrs T.

George Wesley Bellows
Mrs. T. in Cream Silk # 1, 1919-1923
Mrs T. in Wine Silk, 1919

George Wesley Bellows was born in Columbus, Ohio, August 11, 1881, the son of George and Anna (Smith) Bellows. He was a descendant of Benjamin Bellows who migrated from England in 1631 and founded Bellows Falls, Vermont. His father was an architect and builder in Columbus. The son attended Ohio State University, being graduated from there in 1904, and at the same time was a pupil at the Columbus Art School. Later, he studied under Maratta in Chicago. In 1904, he came to New York to study drawing and painting under Robert Henri. In 1906, he opened a studio in New York and began by exhibiting three portraits in that year. In 1908, he exhib1ted his first landscape in the National Academy of Design. It was awarded the second Hallgarten Prize. He became an Associate of the National Academy of Design the next year, at the age of twenty-seven, the youngest man ever to be elected an Associate. When twenty-seven, he became an instructor in life and composition classes at the Art Students' League—in 1910. In 1913, he was elected a National Academician. Meantime, the museums had begun to buy his works. One of his pictures went to the Metropolitan, another to the Pennsylvania Academy. Prizes and medals were awarded to him with increasing frequency...

Academy notes, Volumes 15-19 By Buffalo Fine Arts Academy, Albright Art Gallery (Buffalo, N.Y.)

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