George Bellows: Painter with a Punch!, by Robert Burleigh
published 2012 by Abrams Books for Young Readers
Recently, I read in the news that the National Gallery in London had just acquired its first ever painting by an American artist. I admit I didn’t know that they’d never housed any American art before. The painting they bought, for over 25 million dollars, was this one:
Men of the Docks, painted in 1912 by George Bellows.
George Bellows is an unusual artist, and he might be just the right fellow to kindle an interest in children who don’t particularly fancy water lilies or a mysterious, coyly-smiling lady.
His most famous painting is of a boxing match in Sharkey’s Saloon.
New York City, with its rough, crowded tenements, boys swimming in the East River, alleyways, and construction workers, were the subjects George loved to paint.
Robert Burleigh guides us through Bellows’ childhood, his decision to