George Bellows at the National Gallery

George Bellows, An Island in the Sea, 1911, oil on canvas, 34 x 44 inches (Colum
George Bellows, An Island in the Sea, 1911, oil on canvas, 34 x 44 inches (Columbus Museum of Art)

Philip Koch blogs about the exhibition George Bellows at the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., on view through October 8, 2012.

Koch writes that "Bellows was a school mate of... Edward Hopper and Rockwell Kent... at the New York School of Art. All three showed a marked influence from their teacher, the charismatic Robert Henri, whose work was characterized by rapid execution with large brushes and a high sense of pictorial drama. Kent and Hopper gradually moved more away from Henri's style and vision as the years went by, but Bellows seemed to find a more comfortable fit and stayed with the swashbuckling application."