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ID number:  BIRBI-2016.7
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Bellows, George (1882-1925)
Title / Object name:  The Life Class
Object type:  Print
Place made:  New York
Culture:  American
Date made:  1917
Materials:  Lithograph on laid Japan paper
Measurements:  Framed: 725 x 858 mm; unframed: 354 x 494 mm
Provenance:  Purchased 2016

The Life Class was one of a series of lithographs that Bellows produced with the printer George Miller. It may have been based on drawings made much earlier in his career, and it certainly relates to an earlier time. The potbelly stove and other features of the room resonate with photographs and other artists’ records of Robert Henri’s classroom at the New York School of Art. This was the scene of Bellows’s initiation into the art world, and of his immersion in Henri’s teaching. The lithograph recalls a vibrant, chaotic space of shared enterprise and spontaneous critique.

Inscriptions / Translations:  Annotated 'No 12' and signed.

Notes:  Exhibited: 'Bellows and the Body: The Real, the Ideal and the Nude', Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Birmingham, 21 October 2016 - 22 January 2017.

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