Vintage 1940s George Bellows "The Sand Cart" Art PrintGOLDEN RULE GALLERY VINTAGE ART
A 12" x 9" reproduction of George Bellows’ The Sand Cart as a part of a late 1940s collection of the "World's Great Paintings" with title and commentary on reverse.
Commentary on the work and the artist at time of printing:
The Sand Cart
GEORGE BELLOWS (American School 1882-1925)
George Bellows was born in Columbus, Ohio, of old New England stock. His father wanted him to be a banker; his mother, a bishop. Young Bellows decided he wanted to be a baseball player. He went to Ohio State University and was such a good ball player it was suggested he become a professional. Bellows decided he wanted to be an artist and in 1904 he left college to study art in New York. He worked with the famous instructor, Robert Henri, and before he was thirty he had earned a national reputation as an artist. He was that kind of man- large, vital, enthusiastic, confident-the kind of man who probably would have made a success in whatever field he essayed.
Bellows became the most popular American artist of his time.
Thoroughly American in his choice of subject matter, his approach to his material and his outlook on life, immensely talented (some-times beyond his capacity for discipline), he seemed to find equal enjoyment in depicting prize fights and children, revival meetings, nudes and river fronts, landscapes and political gatherings. Like Walt Whitman, he contained multitudes, celebrated the athletic self, was by turns brash and boisterous and sensitive, sentimental and elemental.
His most popular paintings are probably the savage prize fight scene, Stag at Sharkey's, and the captivating painting of his little daughter, Lady Jean. The Sand Cart, now in the Brooklyn Museum, was painted during a visit to Carmel, California, in 1917.