The Coming Storm

George Wesley Bellows
(American, 1882-1925)
The Coming Storm, 1911
Oil on panel

Purchased with funds from the William Toben Memorial Fund

George Bellows was a native of Columbus, Ohio, and attended Ohio State University, where he excelled in art and athletics. In 1904 he left college to study art under Robert Henri at the New York School of Art. Like other associates of Henri, such as William Glackens, George Luks, Everett Shinn, and John Sloan, Bellows was interested in a realistic portrayal of American society and urban life. Characteristic of his style is a vigorous physicality, not only of subject matter, but also of color and brush stroke. Bellows had the distinction of being the youngest artist to be awarded associate membership in the National Academy of Design. He was very active in the New York art scene and founded the Society of Independent Artists. He continued his successful career in New York until his premature death of appendicitis in 1925.

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