Study for "Evening Group"
17 11/16 x 21 3/16 in. (44.9 x 53.8 cm)
(Columbus, OH, 1882 - 1925, New York, NY)
Medium and Support:
Conté crayon and graphite on tracing paper
Location: Not currently on view
George Bellows was a remarkable painter who studied, taught, and lived in New York City. There, he often associated with members of the group of artists known as The Eight, led by Robert Henri. In 1911, accompanied by Henri, George Bellows made the first of several trips to Monhegan Island off the coast of Maine. On his last visit, in 1914, he was accompanied by his wife and daughter Anne, who are the two figures on the left of this drawing. The figures on the right are young neighbors, but the central figure has not yet been identified. While this drawing has an anecdotal quality in its depiction of friends and family, the artist's interest in composition, or the arrangement of forms, can also be seen in the heavily-drawn diagonal lines and the diamond grid in the paper that he used.
Bellows used this drawing as a preliminary study for a similar painting that is owned by the Gallery, which underwent technical analysis at the Williamstown Art Conservation Center to determine what changes the artist may have made to the painting before his death in 1925.
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