Showcase: George Bellows

George Bellows was an American realist painter, known for his depictions of urban life in New York City.

And for these fantastic paintings and drawings of boxers.


2 thoughts on “Showcase: George Bellows

  1. George Bellows’ Both Members of This Club (1909)
    As per Assignment: A Compositional Analysis in Three Sentences
    By Lee Robison

    First, you will notice the white of the white
    man’s body and its curve that is part of the spiral
    of their violent encounter, a round of violence
    repeated in the ring of men who are not
    as men might be, but as these men are,
    with their blood lust leers and no
    care for loss or win, but only eager
    for this rampant whirl of ruin to continue, rise
    gyre, and climax again and again and again.

    Now, before you turn away in disgust
    and horror at this raging rumba, note the rigid
    plant of the black man’s solid right
    foot that thrusts a leg straight-line
    at the angle where their arms apex
    a triangle, which implies the vaguest stability,
    except that it’s collapsing off canvas
    right over the shoulder of the referee,
    a collapse echoed in the foreshortened buckle
    of the white man’s right knee and in
    the expectant leers around the man-ring.

    Finally, there are the horizontal
    ring-ropes that are supposed to contain
    but that vibrate and vanish in the back-darkened
    unlit arena, a dark that in-your-faces
    this sweat-shine carnage and, especially, the white
    man’s blood smeared, pale crumple.

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