George Bellows (American, 1882-1925), Two Women, oil on canvas, 59 1/4 x 65 1/2in, painted in 1924. Est. $1,000,000-1,500,000. Photo: Courtesy of Bonhams.
“NEW YORK, NY.- Bonhams’ November 19 American Art auction will feature one of the last figural works by prominent early 20th century American artist George Bellows. Two Women, an allegorical work referencing a Renaissance masterpiece by Titian, is estimated at $1,000,000 – 1,500,000. Bellows’ early artistic career was hugely inspired by New York City’s dynamic hustle and bustle. He studied under the avant-garde tutelage of Robert Henri where he learned to observe and portray everyday aspects modern American life – a deviation from popular academic painting and Impressionism. Bellows embraced capturing contemporary events before turning to historical and allegorical compositions. Painted in 1924, a year before Bellows’ sudden death, Two Women is an unorthodox homage to Titian’s Sacred and Profane Love (ca. 1514). Titan’s iconic canvas portrays a clothed woman sitting at a water fountain beside a nude Venus. Two Women’s nude and clothed female subjects evoke this image, except for the fact that they are placed in the parlor of Bellows’ own home in Woodstock, New York. The women—perhaps one pure and one worldly—look to their right, ignoring the viewer. Bellows includes a variety of compositional juxtapositions resulting in a successful, balanced composition in terms of color and form.”
Full story courtesy ArtDaily: Two Women by George Bellows to headline American Art Auction at Bonhams New York.
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