George Bellows at the National Gallery

It’s a fun show, in part because he was such a wild and unpredictable artist. Everyone knows the painting to the left, of course, the famous Stag at Sharkey’s. But then there’s the painting below, made in response to the First World War. It sits in a room of war images that verge on the sadistic, filled with highly specific forms of cruelty which Bellows (who never left the United States) knew only second hand. Or imagined. His career is eclectic, filled with idiosyncrasy, and a lot of spectacular painting.




Credits: Top: George Bellows
Stag at Sharkey’s, 1909

The Cleveland Museum of Art, Hinman B. Hurlbut Collection

Below: George Bellows
The Germans Arrive, 1918

National Gallery of Art, Washington, Promised Gift of Ian and Annette Cumming




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3 responses to “George Bellows at the National Gallery

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  2. Jack

    Evidently the brutality of the germans towards the Belgians in WW one was well documented at the end of the war, ( according to the text that accompanied this painting when shown at the Royal Academy in London 2013 ).

  3. Winston Churchill said “the Germans are always at your throat or at your feet.” Caius Marius (157 BC – 86 BC) saved Italy from an invasion by the Germans and they made war against their neighbors a frequent habit ever since with each act of violence more brutal than the last.

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