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George Wesley Bellows, American, (August 12, 1882–January 8, 1925)

Creation date: 1917
Creation place: United States

Other Information

Type: Lithograph
Medium and Support: Lithograph on paper
Credit Line: Museum Purchase
Accession Number: 1998.3
Dimensions: 8 1/4 in. x 11 7/8 in. (20.96 cm x 30.16 cm)

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October 18, 2014
Anita Feldman, Deputy Director of Collections & Exhibitions
George Wesley Bellows
American • 1882–1925
Lithograph • 1917
Through his teacher, Robert Henri, Bellows became affili- ated with the Ashcan School whose interest in depicting gritty urban realism suited his own radical progressive polit- ical views. This dramatic print records Bellows’s reaction to the case of a labor activist who had been convicted and sentenced to death in connection with anarchist bombings in San Francisco the previous year (the sentence was later commuted). Bellows called this lithograph a "study of one of the most horrible phenomenon (sic) of modern society.”
Museum purchase
Last Updated: 8/5/2021


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

An American Pulse: The Lithographs of George Wesley Bellows San Diego Museum of Art , 1/30/1999 - 4/18/1999

Look.React.Engage: The Art of Collecting at Two San Diego Museums California Center for the Arts, Escondido , 1/26/2003 - 4/20/2003

American Visions: Place and Identity The San Diego Museum of Art , 10/18/2014 - 3/17/2015

Art of the Americas The San Diego Museum of Art , 9/7/2021 - 00/00/00


This object has the following bibliographic references:

Mr. D. Scott Atkinson and Charlene S. Engel. An American Pulse: San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1999
Page Number: 17, 83, 85, Figure Number: 16


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