Height: 30.0 cm
Width: 43.2 cm
Prints and Drawings
George Bellows, Business Men’s Bath, a lithograph
United States of America, AD 1923
George Bellows (1882–1925) attended the New York School of Art where he was taught by Robert Henri and John Sloan. He was part of a group of artists known as “The Eight” or the Ashcan School, who focused on images of urban realism.
Bellows was introduced to lithography by the printer George Miller in 1916 and the subjects of his prints ranged from themes of sport and New York street life to studies of the nude and portraits. From 1918–19 he collaborated with Bolton Brown as his printer. By the time of his death Bellows had produced some 193 prints and his reputation as one of America’s most significant lithographers and painters has continued to grow.
This print is a recollection of Bellows’ initial experience of New York in 1904, when he stayed at the YMCA. It is similar in subject matter to an earlier lithograph of 1917, The Shower-Bath. Bellows has given the figures in the scene a natural energy and vitality, from the young man poised to dive into the crowded pool to the surfacing figure, bottom right, gasping for breath. Bellows also contrasts the younger athletic bodies with the bulkier frames of the older men. The printer Bolton Brown, with whom Bellows closely worked in producing his lithographs, has also signed this print lower left.
L. Mason, The Lithographs of George Bellows, revised (San Francisco, Alan Wofsy Fine Arts, 1992)