Five Bellows/Bolton Brown Lithographs up for Auction

George Wesley Bellows Pool Player, lithograph, circa 1921 Signed by Bellows and Bolton Brown

George Wesley Bellows Pool Player, lithograph, circa 1921 Signed by Bellows and Bolton Brown

This auction will also feature an Ocala, Florida estate collection of more than 60 prints by revered American and European artists. The grouping includes five fresh-to-the-market lithographs by American realist George Wesley Bellows (1882-1925), who was described by the Columbus Museum of Art as “the most acclaimed American artist of his generation.” Between the years of 1921 and 1924, while summering in Woodstock, N.Y., Bellows and his printer, Bolton Brown, collaborated on the printing of 103 iconic images of American life. Because of the low numbers of their well-documented editions, and the fact that artist only lived to age 42, Bellows/Brown lithographs are among the most desired of all 20th-century American prints.

The five Bellows lithographs entered in AGOPB’s auction have been held privately since the collector purchased them in the 1950s from the artist’s authorized representative, H.V. Allison & Co., New York. They include the circa-1921 print “Pool Player,” whose subject matter was no doubt influenced by Bellows’ familiarity with the billiards rooms at the Players Club on Gramercy Park, The National Arts Club, and the Salmagundi Club. The other four lithographs are studies of American life in the Roaring Twenties. The titles include “The Street” (circa 1917), “Billy Sunday” (circa 1923), “Business Man Bath” (circa 1923) and “Emma and Marjorie on the Sofa” (circa 1921). Additional prints in the collection range from Old Masters by Rembrandt and Adrien van Ostade to works by modern masters such as Renoir, Matisse, Chagall, Toulouse-Lautrec, Laurencin, Redon and Villon.

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