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ID number:  BIRBI-2014.5
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Bellows, George (1882-1925)
Title / Object name:  Nude, Miss Bentham
Object type:  Painting
Place made:  New York, NY
Culture:  American
Date made:  1906
Materials:  Oil on canvas
Measurements:  181 x 89.5 cm unframed; 196.5 x 105 x 7 cm framed
Provenance:  Estate of the artist, 1925; Estate of Emma S. Bellows (his wife), 1959; H. V. Allison & Co., New York, NY, 1985; Andy Warhol, New York, NY, 1985; Estate of Andy Warhol, 1987; Sotheby's, New York, NY, 1988; Bruce Rosenthal; Private Collection 2007. Purchased by the Barber Institute 2014 with financial contributions from the legacy of Professor Sir Kenneth Murray (1930-2013) and the legacy of Elnora Ferguson (1929-2008).

Bellows painted this striking nude when he was studying at the New York School of Art. It demonstrates his confident ability to apply paint directly and quickly as well his admiration for earlier European realist artists, such as Manet and Courbet. Bellows was the outstanding American talent of his generation and part of the group later known as the ‘Ashcan School’, a reference to their commitment to finding subject matter in the people and scenes offered up by the bustling modern city.

Inscriptions / Translations:  Signed l.l. Geo. Bellows

Notes:  Exhibited: The National Arts Club, New York, 1910; Metropolitan Museum, New York, 1925; H. V. Allsion & Co., New York, 1985; Berry-Hill Galleries, New York, 1993; '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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