Thursday, August 27, 2015

Art Expression and George Bellows

Some of the best quotes I've found about art are that an artist's work is a reflection of the artist's personality.

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Art is a way to express our passions.
George Bellows was an artist in the early part of the 20th century.  He painted many things and boxing matches were one of his in depth subjects. The first of his paintings that I saw was expressionistic, not completely realistic.  It was one of his early boxing paintings.  Bellows must have loved the subject.  He expresses passion and excitement in his work.  Later by the 1920's his work was more realistic.
I like his 1909 painting of the boxing match.  It is so powerful and raw that I feel like the sweat of the boxers might land on me. It was painted in a loose, expressionistic style with strokes of paint that suggest the figures in long lines of thick paint. Bellows gives us abstraction to show power and action.  Unlike the tight, realistic versions that came later, the early painting shows the strength and desperation that the boxer puts into the punch.  He has to win!   

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