George Bellows (1882-1925): Modern American Life

Royal Academy of Arts

16 March – 9 June 2013

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The first UK retrospective for the vivid, gritty American realist.

Widely celebrated in his short life, George Bellows (1882 - 1925) brought a kinetic panache to all his subjects, be they landscapes, views of the Hudson River, social scenes, or as in the case of his most famous work, an illegal boxing match.

The exhibition presents 71 works, including paintings, drawings and lithographs.

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Bellows's 1909 painting Stag at Sharkey’s depicts a prize fight at Tom Sharkey’s Athletic Club, which was over the road from the artist's studio. Prize-fighting was illegal in New York at the time, but buying your way into fights was as common as visiting a 'speakeasy'.

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Opening times

Mon – Thu, Sat – Sun, 10am – 6pm Fri, 10am – 10pm Closed 23 Jun, 24 – 26 Dec

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