Don't miss the exhibition George Bellows and New York 1900–1930 on view February 14 - April 21, 2013 in Gallery 18 at the Toledo Museum of Art
George Bellows (American, 1882-1925), 'The Bridge, Blackwell's Island,' Oil on canvas, 1909. Gift of Edward Drummond Libbey, 1912.506
The Queensboro Bridge in New York (also known as the 59th Street Bridge) links Manhattan with Queens, spanning the East River. Midway, the massive piers rest on Blackwell's Island (now called Roosevelt Island). Painted from the Manhattan side, it shows an unlovely vista of drab factories and docks. However, using vibrant colors, thick application of paint, and bold slashes of the brush, George Bellows gives the scene an energy that conveys the excitement of life in the modern American city.
By cropping the bridge off at the top, Bellows emphasizes its towering presence. The family of onlookers gazing in wonder at the newly opened double-decker bridge underscores its engineering feat—at the time, the greatest cantilever bridge in the world. Born in Columbus, Ohio, Bellows studied in New York with Ash Can School artists Robert Henri and John Sloan.
Print Size: 34" x 26"