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Image of Autumn Brook

Photograph: James M. Via

Autumn Brook

October 1922
16 1/2 x 24 in. (41.9 x 61 cm)

George Bellows
American (Columbus, OH, 1882 - 1925, New York, NY)

Object Type: Painting
Medium and Support: Oil on panel
Credit Line: Bequest of Muriel Englander Klepper and Marion Stratton Gould Fund In honor of Marjorie B. Searl
Accession Number: 2001.27
Location: Currently on view
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With his unflinching paintings of brutal boxing matches and urban tenements, George Bellows made a name for himself in the early years of the century as a central Urban Realist artist. In this later painting, "Autumn Brook," the modernist influence of expressive color, space and line is visible in Bellows’ lyrical painting of the countryside near his summer home in Woodstock, NY.
[Gallery label text, 2007]

"Autumn Brook" contains the archetypal elements present in Bellows's finest Woodstock landscapes, including water, rolling hills, mountains, animal life, vegetation, and a dramatic sky. Bellows's choice of vivid colors celebrates the magnificence of nature and the artist's joy at finding himself immersed in it. The active brush strokes prove his ability to paint with a controlled sense of abandon.

[Gallery label text]

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Artist's signature. lower left, center: Geo. Bellows


Provenance
Artist; to his estate; to his wife, Emma S. Bellows; to her estate, 1959; (H.V. Allison & Co., New York, NY); purchased by Julius Zirinsky, New York, NY in 1964; The Altman Collection; (Sotheby's, New York, NY, December 6, 1984); purchased by a private collector, TN; Berry-Hill Galleries, New York, NY; purchased by the Gallery with donor-directed funds in 2001

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Autumn Brook: Learning to Look/Looking to Learn Questions to use to focus students' observation skills, Social Studies, ELA and Art components.
Seeing America Inservice Materials from a teacher in-service presentation Spring 2008
Seeing America Chapter on George Bellows' paintings Evening Group and Autumn Brook, written by Ronald Netsky.
George Bellows' Catalogue Raisonné Online catalogue raisonné of the paintings of George Bellows.


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