George Bellows

George Bellows, The Teamster, 1916,
George Bellows, The Teamster, 1916, oil on canvas, Bequest of Mrs. Elizabeth B. Noyce, 1997.3.1

George Bellows’ urban New York scenes depicting the working-class gained him widespread notice, and while many critics thought the urban subjects to be crudely painted, others found them to be a refreshing change. Bellows was introduced to Maine by his teacher, Robert Henri, first visiting Monhegan Island in the summer of 1911. He began to summer in Maine for a period of several years, painting seascapes and islands, as well as the working waterfront of Camden, where he continued his focus on the workers and their labors, this time the shipbuilders in Camden harbor.

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