Realism and Resonance: George Bellows Paints the Urban Landscape and the Sea - Lecture by Marianne Doezema

July 25, 2012
Wednesday, 5:30 p.m.
Farnsworth Auditorium
In light of the exhibition Jamie Wyeth, Rockwell Kent, and Monhegan, this lecture will look at one of Kent’s contemporaries, George Bellows. Both Kent and Bellows were students of Robert Henri, who introduced them to Monhegan Island. Unlike Kent, who rarely painted urban scenes, Bellow’s early paintings of New York celebrated the city’s bigness and boldness. This lecture will look at a number of Bellows’ urban themes, why his paintings were acclaimed by conservatives, progressives, and radicals alike, and will also explore his engagement with the sea following his visit to Monhegan Island with Robert Henri.
Lecturer Marianne Doezema has held professional positions in a number of museums including the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Georgia Museum of Art, and most recently, as director of the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum. She received her Ph.D. in American Studies from Boston University, and has authored and edited numerous publications, including George Bellows and Urban America (Yale University Press, 1992) and Reading American Art (Yale University Press, 1998). Forthcoming is an additional essay, "George Bellows Depicting the Lower East Side" in the National Gallery's retrospective exhibition catalogue of Bellows’ work to be published before the end of this year.
Seating: limited to 60 people
Cost: $5 members, $8 nonmembers
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