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Artist: George Wesley Bellows
[American painter, 1882-1925]

Title: The Lone Tenement

Date: 1909
Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions: 36 x 48 inches (92 x 122 cm)
Location: National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Image size: 1500 x 1113 pixels, 343 Kbytes
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George Bellows was a poet of the city, an artist who loved New York as much as Monet loved his garden or Bierstadt loved the Rocky Mountains.

There are so many things to look at in this picture that Bellows hardly knows where to direct our attention: sunlight randomly glinting on a window, transients huddled around a fire, a horse-drawn carriage, a ship belching steam on the East River, and in the center a lonely building withering in the shadow of the then-brand-new Queensboro Bridge.

One of the remarkable things about this work is the use of paint, which is thankfully well preserved in Michael Weinberg's beautiful photograph. But needless to say, no photograph can come close to matching the original.
 
 
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