barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham


GEORGE BELLOWS (1882-1925)

Nude, Miss Bentham

New York, 1906

Oil on canvas

181 x 89.5 cm

 

Bellows painted this striking nude when he was studying at the New York School of Art. It demonstrates his confident ability to apply paint directly and quickly as well his admiration for earlier European realist artists, such as Manet and Courbet. 

Bellows was the outstanding American talent of his generation and part of the group later known as the ‘Ashcan School’, a reference to their commitment to finding subject matter in the people and scenes offered up by the bustling modern city.

Purchased 2014 (No.2014.5)

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