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GEORGE BELLOWS (1882-1925)

The Life Class

New York, 1917


354 x 494 mm


The Life Class was one of a series of lithographs that Bellows produced with the printer George Miller.

It may have been based on drawings made much earlier in his career, and it certainly relates to an earlier time. The potbelly stove and other features of the room resonate with photographs and other artists’ records of Robert Henri’s classroom at the New York School of Art. This was the scene of Bellows’s initiation into the art world, and of his immersion in Henri’s teaching. The lithograph recalls a vibrant, chaotic space of shared enterprise and spontaneous critique.

Purchased 2016 (No. 2016.7)

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