Still is known for portraying scenes of daily

Still
really passionate for sport, Bellows set up his studio directly across from an
athletic club called Sharkey`s saloon. The
club was famous for Fridays “Fight Night”, where usually unknown amateur
fighters boxed against each other. From there on the young artist conducted a
series of paintings dedicated to the amateur boxing fights. The paintings are
known for having a rather dark atmosphere and a really bright and glowing
foreground, whereby the bright aspects reflect the headlights above the
combatants. Arguably his most famous artwork from this series is “stag
at sharkeys” from
1909.

He
soon identified himself as an American realist painter. It was at this point in
time when Bellows joined the Ashcan School
movement, a movement that is known for portraying scenes of daily life in New
York during the early 20th
century.

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Born
in Columbus Ohio in 1882, George Bellows began early on to have a personal
interest in art. Beginning to draw well beyond kindergarten and repeatedly
being asked from his elementary-school teachers to decorate the class room for
festive occasions such as Christmas and Thanks Giving. However, after getting
bullied from his classmates, Wesley soon learned to defend himself with his
fists and at the age of ten he decided to become an athlete, wanting to pursuit
the career of either a baseball or a basketball player. Though loving the world
of sport his interest in art never died of.

As an
American realist painter George Bellows liked to reflect the destruction and
chaos of New York’s’ urban city life. By a series of paintings catching the
violence and eccentric motion in underground armature fights George Bellows
became one of the most known artists of his generation.