A lithograph from the Collections of Hobart and William Smith Colleges – “The Life Model, Second Stone, created by George Bellows in 1917 – has been included in an exhibition catalogue presented by the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Conn., beginning this weekend. The exhibition, “Painterly Controversy: William Merritt Chase and Robert Henri, will be on display from Jan. 27 though April 29.
The Colleges’ art collection, housed in the Warren Hunting Smith Library, contains significant George Bellows’ works. Library Director Paul W. Crumlish was pleased to have a piece from the Colleges’ art collection featured in the 150-page illustrated catalogue that accompanies the exhibit. “I’m especially proud because our online catalog, which now includes online images of most of our collection, is how the Bruce Museum researchers identified that the piece was here, Crumlish said.
The piece was selected for inclusion in the publication because of its portrayal of an art classroom from the era. “They wanted to illustrate what an art school was like, Crumlish said.
The HWS Collection includes 12 George Bellows lithographs depicting scenes of pure Americana – prize fights, street scenes, social commentary and satire. Bellows is considered one of the giants of 20th century American art. He produced 195 lithographs between 1916 and 1925.
“In terms of library significance it’s not just that a photograph from our collection will be included in the catalogue; it’s a regular occurrence to be included in scholarly projects, explained Crumlish. “It is significant because our art collection is available to scholars and researchers around the world.
The Bellows lithographs were given to the Colleges in 1988 by Robert North Jr., in memory of his wife Marion de Mauriac North, a 1932 William Smith graduate.
The Bruce Museum has published 1,000 copies of the catalogue, which can be ordered through the museum Web site.