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Three Pigs and a Mountain

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

Creation date: ca. 1922
Creation place: United States

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Type: Oil Painting
Medium and Support: Oil on board
Credit Line: Gift of Michael and Dru Hammer, The Armand Hammer Foundation
Accession Number: 2000.83
State/Province: New York
Dimensions: 16 1/2 in. x 24 in. (41.91 cm x 60.96 cm)


H.V. Allison & Co., Inc., New York, New York ( - )

Berry-Hill Galleries, New York, New York ( - )

Armand Hammer Foundation, Santa Monica, California ( - 2000)

George Wesley Bellows, New York, New York (ca. 1922 - January 8, 1925)

Emma S. Bellows, New York, New York (January 8, 1925 - )

Christie's, NYC, New York, New York (May 3, 2000 - May 3, 2000)

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Bellows is most associated with the Ashcan School, a group of artists affiliated with painter Robert Henri (1865–1929) who practiced their own distinctive version of urban realism. In its presentation of a tranquil, rural environment, however, Three Pigs and a Mountain is a departure from Bellows’s well-known exterior and interior scenes of New York. Its composition looks compressed, creating a dynamic perspective. The trees that frame the scene and the shrubbery in the middle appear to be in motion. While the pastoral quality of the animals and the shed gives the painting a traditional feel, the depiction of the trees conveys a modern impression. While other American artists were experimenting with abstract compositions at this time, Bellows clung to representational art, but this work demonstrates the forward-thinking practices of the artist and his Ashcan School counterparts.
Last Updated: 3/25/2013


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Leaving for the Country: George Bellows at Woodstock Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester , 10/4/2003 - 11/7/2004

American Art The San Diego Museum of Art , 11/26/2016 - 8/15/2021


This object has the following bibliographic references:

California, Western and American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture Christie's. Los Angeles, California, May 3, 2000
Page Number: 81 Lot no. 104, Figure Number: 104


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