George Bellows

George Bellows, “The Knock Out”, 1907, Ink and Pastel on Paper, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

In 1907 George Bellows, a member of the Ashcan School of Art,  produced the first of several paintings of prizefighters in action in the ring; these expressed violent action with power and seeming spontaneity. He was fascinated with the spectacle of the great city: its buildings, crowds, types, and rivers. Though he was denounced by conservative critics as one of the “apostles of ugliness,” his technical brilliance made him more acceptable than any of the other painters of similar impulse.

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