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George Bellows

Period 1920-1949
Materials Plaster
W. 8.25 in; H. 14.5 in; D. 9.5 in;
W. 20.96 cm; H. 36.83 cm; D. 24.13 cm;
Condition Excellent.
Creation Date 1925
Description Marked: GEORGE BELLOWS / JANUARY 8 1925 (proper left side of truncation)
George Bellows' (1882-1925) untimely death at the age of 42 was the result of a burst appendix.

Stirling Calder was a close friend of Bellows and admired his athleticism and that he had once been a professional ballplayer. According to Calder's daughter Margaret Calder Hayes in her book Three Alexander Calders,"Bellows died just before my parents set forth to Europe" and it must have been exactly at this moment -- January 8, 1925 -- that Calder made the death mask of his friend.

She continues, "so as soon as Father was settled in his New York studio again, he modeled a three quarters bust of Bellows with brush in hand, a sculpture that expresses his feelings for his friend's quality and character. It is now in the Arts Club, New York." p.169
Styles / Movements Realism
Book References Hayes, Margaret Calder. Three Alexander Calders. Middlebury: Paul. S. Eriksson, 1977, pp. 168-9.
Incollect Reference Number 240542
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