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George Bellows (American, Columbus, Ohio 1882–1925 New York)
Oil on plywood
40 x 32 in. (101.6 x 81.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1941
Accession Number:
Not on view
Inscription: Signed (lower right by Emma Story Bellows): Geo Bellows/ ESB
the artist, New York (1917–d. 1925); his widow, Emma S. Bellows, New York (1925–41; sold through H. V. Allison & Co., New York, to MMA)

Oakland, Calif. Oakland Art Gallery. "George Bellows Exhibition of Lithographs and Paintings," September 15–November 1, 1917.

San Francisco. Hill Tolerton Gallery. November 1917–unknown closing date.

New York. National Academy of Design. "Winter Exhibition," December 15, 1917–January 13, 1918, no. 148.

Philadelphia. Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. "113th Annual Exhibition," February 3–March 24, 1918, no. 408 (as "Padré").

Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Vassar College. "Loan Exhibition of Paintings by George Bellows, Randall Davey, F. K. Frieseke, Childe Hassam, Robert Henri, Jonas Lie, George Luks and F. Luis Mora," May 12–June 12, 1919, brochure no. 4.

Buffalo, N. Y. Albright Art Gallery, Buffalo Fine Arts Academy. "Exhibition of Oil Paintings by George Bellows, N.A.," September 11–October 5, 1919.

Art Institute of Chicago. "Paintings by George Bellows," November 1–December 16, 1919, no. 9.

Rochester, N. Y. Memorial Art Gallery. "Exhibition of Oil Paintings by George Bellows, N.A.," December 1919.

Rochester, N.Y. The Memorial Art Gallery. "George Bellows, N.A.," December 16, 1919–January 5, 1920, no. 9.

Erie, Pa. Public Library. "The Twenty-Second Annual Exhibition of Paintings by American Artists," January 17, 1920–unknown closing date, no. 9 (on sale for $2500).

New York. Montross Gallery. "Paintings and Drawings by George Bellows," December 3–31, 1921, no. 1.

Pittsburgh. Carnegie Institute. "Exhibition of Paintings, Drawings and Lithographs by George W. Bellows," February 26–March 31, 1923, no. 28.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "George W. Bellows Memorial Exhibition," October 12–November 22, 1925, no. 28.

Philadelphia. Palace of Fine Arts. "Sesqui-centennial International Exposition," June 1–December 1, 1926, no. 35 (United States Section; as "The Padre").

Columbus Museum of Art. "Thirty-six Paintings by George Bellows," October 3–November 6, 1940.

New York. H. V. Allison & Co. "Nine Paintings by George Bellows," February 24–March 29, 1941.

Mobile, Ala. Mobile Public Library. April 15–May 25, 1945, no catalogue.

National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. "George Bellows: A Retrospective Exhibition," January 19–February 24, 1957, no. 33 (dated July 1917).

Columbus, Oh. Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts. "Paintings by George Bellows," March 21–April 21, 1957, no. 37.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Three Centuries of American Painting," April 9–October 17, 1965, unnum. checklist.

Bronx County Courthouse. "Paintings from the Metropolitan, Pinturas del Metropolitano," May 12–June 13, 1971, no. 8.

"The Exhibition of the Paintings of George Bellows, N.A., at the Albright Art Gallery." Academy Notes 14 (January–October 1919), ill. p. 134 (installation photo, Exh. Buffalo 1919).

George Kriehn. "Painting and Sculpture." The New International Year Book: A Compendium of the World's Progress for the Year 1918. Ed. Frank Moore Colby. New York, 1919, p. 471, calls it "The Padre".

"The World of Art: Portraits and Prints." The New York Times (December 11, 1921), p. 51.

Carlo Beuf. "The Art of George Bellows: The Lyric Expression of the American Soul." Century 112 (1926), p. 725.

Emma S. Bellows. The Paintings of George Bellows. New York, 1929, pl. 70.

J[osephine]. L. A[llen]. "Notes: Padre by George W. Bellows." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 36 (June 1941), p. 142, ill., notes that this work was painted in Carmel, Calif. in summer 1917.

"Bellows in Vigorous Show at Allison Gallery." Art Digest 15 (March 1, 1941), p. 9.

Peyton Boswell, Jr. George Bellows. New York, 1942, pp. 9, 18, ill. p. 73 (color), calls it "The Padre".

A. C. R. Carter. "Art in the United States." The Year's Art 63 (1944), p. 84.

Frank Seiberling, Jr. "George Bellows, 1882-1925, His Life and Development as an Artist." PhD diss., University of Chicago, 1948, pp. 63, 66, notes Bellows' indebtedness to Cezanne through short planar brushstrokes of similar color paint.

"George Bellows: An American Artist Honoured in Washington." Illustrated London News no. 6139 (February 2, 1957), p. 191, ill.

Henry Geldzahler. American Painting in the Twentieth Century. New York, 1965, pp. 40, 84, ill.

Charles H. Morgan. George Bellows: "Painter of America". New York, 1965, p. 211, notes its sympathetic portrayal of old age.

Lowery Stokes Sims. The Figure in 20th Century American Art: Selections from The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Exh. cat., Jacksonville Art Museum. New York, 1984, p. 150.

Patricia Janis Broder. The American West: The Modern Vision. Boston, 1984, p. 71, ill. p. 73.

Jane Myers in The Paintings of George Bellows. Exh. cat., Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Tex. New York, 1992, pp. 204-5, fig. 32.

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