Exploring the Intimate: George Bellows’s Family Portraits

M. Melissa Wolfe, Curator of American Art at the Columbus Museum of Art, discusses Bellows’ exploration of portraiture. Bellows originally hoped to make a living by creating grand portraits, but eventually moved towards more intimate, expressive pictures. His portraits of his friends and family, most importantly his wife Emma Bellows, gradually become more intimate and psychological.

This lecture was presented as part of the Sunday at the Met program on George Bellows, which took place on January 27, 2013. The exhibition George Bellows is on view November 15, 2012 – February 18, 2013 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

This program was made possible by The Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Foundation for the Arts.

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