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Polo

Artist:
George Bellows (American, Columbus, Ohio 1882–1925 New York)
Date:
1910
Medium:
Ink wash and crayon on paper
Dimensions:
22 x 24 1/4 in. (55.9 x 61.6 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
The Lesley and Emma Sheafer Collection, Bequest of Emma A. Sheafer, 1973
Accession Number:
1974.356.19
Not on view
Inscription: Signed (lower left): Geo Bellows
Lesley and Emma Sheafer, New York (by 1928–his d. 1956); Emma Sheafer, New York (1956–d. 1973; her bequest to MMA)

New York. Frank K. M. Rehn Gallery. "Exhibition by George Bellows: Paintings, Drawings, Lithographs," January 2–21, 1928, not in checklist.

Macon, Ga. Museum of Arts and Sciences. "George Bellows: The Personal Side," March 16–May 6, 1984, unnumbered cat. (fig. 32).

Charles L. Buchanan. "George Bellows: Painter of Democracy." Arts and Decoration 4 (August 1914), pp. 370-71 (probably this work), describes Bellows' subjects wherein energy predominates—the pant, clash and strife (for example) of a struggling mass of men and horses disputing the directions of a polo ball.

"A Polo Picture by George Bellows." Vanity Fair 30 (August 1928), p. 38, ill. (cropped), calls this "one of the best" of several sketches made by Bellows during a visit to the Lakewood, N.J. estate of George Gould.

Peyton Boswell, Jr. George Bellows. New York, 1942, ill. p. 36 (cropped), lists it in the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Lesley G. Sheafer, New York.

Frank Seiberling, Jr. "George Bellows, 1882-1925, His Life and Development as an Artist." PhD diss., University of Chicago, 1948, pp. 82-83, lists it in the collection of Lesley G. Sheafer, New York; praises the deft modeling of the horses, suggesting that even Degas could not have done better.



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