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Familiar to most Americans for explosive depictions of boxing such as the famous Stag at Sharkey’s, George Bellows (1882-1925) was equally comfortable with portraiture and landscapes. As this beautiful compendium of his work illustrates, Bellows changed styles often during his brief career, and yet he never abandoned the vigorous and compassionate tone that makes him so appealing. The 4 essays and 213 illustrations in The Paintings of George Bellows offer an admirably thorough introduction to his work. A+

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