A Day in June

George Wesley Bellows American, 1882-1925
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George Bellows was a realist with a technique perfectly adapted to his frank impressions. An amateur ballplayer, he maintained a life-long interest in sports, and his paintings of polo matches and prize-fight rings are often considered his finest work. The crowds in attendance at the fights were presented in summary fashion, as they were mere accessories to the main event, but they were not the only crowds Bellows painted. As is evident here, he became singularly expert at conveying the sense of motion of a crowd, in this case a group of elegant New Yorkers enjoying a late afternoon outing in Central Park. In the background is the symbol of the twentieth-century American city: a skyscraper.

A Day in June

1913

George Wesley Bellows

1882-1925

American

Unknown

Oil on canvas

Unframed: 36 1/2 × 48 inches (92.7 × 121.9 cm) Framed: 43 3/4 × 56 1/16 × 3 3/8 inches (111.1 × 142.4 × 8.6 cm)

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American Art before 1950

Detroit Museum of Art Purchase, Lizzie Merrill Palmer Fund

17.17

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Signed, lower left center: Geo. Bellows

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1913-1917, George Wesley Bellows

1917-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

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Published References

The Inaugural Exhibition. Exh. cat., Rochester Art Gallery. Rochester, NY, 1913, no. 6.

Ninth Annual Exhibition of Selected Paintings by American Artists. Exh. cat., Buffalo Fine Arts Academy. Buffalo, NY, 1914, no. 13.

Paintings by George Bellows. Exh. cat., Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago, 1914, no. 21.

Eighty-Ninth Annual Exhibition. Exh. cat., National Academy of Design. New York, 1914, no. 36.

Exhibition of Paintings by George Bellows. Exh. cat., Montross Gallery. New York, 1914, no. 17.

Special Exhibition of Paintings by Mr. George Bellows. Exh. cat., Cincinnati Art Museum. Cincinnati, 1915, no. 9.

Exhibition of Paintings by George Bellows. Exh. cat., Detroit Institute of Art. Detroit, 1915, no. 20. [as Day in June]

Paintings by George Bellows. Exh. cat., Museum of History, Science, and Art. Los Angeles, 1915, no. 21.

Exhibition of Paintings and Drawings by George Bellows. Exh. cat., Whitney-Richards Gallery. New York, 1915, no. 2.

Exhibition of Paintings by George Bellows, New York City. Exh. cat., Worcester Art Museum. Worcester, MA, 1915, no. 18.

Third Annual Exhibition of Selected Paintings by American Artists. Exh. cat., Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, 1917, pp. 12-13, no. 4.

112th Annual Exhibition. Exh. cat., The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Philadelphia, 1917, no. 273

Burroughs, Clyde H. “Accessions: Painting by George Bellows Acquired.” Bulletin of the DIA 12, 1 (October 1917): pp. 1-2 (ill).

Bellows Memorial Exhibition. Exh. cat., Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1925, no. 19.

“Twentieth Century Art.” DIA Guide. 1943, p. 30 (ill.).

Paintings and Drawings by George Bellows. Exh. cat., Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago, 1945, no. 21.

George Bellows: Paintings, Drawings, and Prints. Exh. cat., Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago, 1946, no. 21.

Twentieth Century American Painting. Exh. cat., University of Minnesota. Minneapolis, 1953, no. 25.

Paintings by George Bellows. Exh. cat., Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts. Columbus, OH, 1957, no. 28.

50th Anniversary Exhibition. Exh. cat., Art Gallery of Hamilton. Hamilton, Ontario, 1964, no. 1 (ill.).

Morgan, Charles H. George Bellows, Painter of America. New York, 1965, p. 332.

“The Beauty of America in Great American Art.” Country Beautiful. New York, 1965, p. 130 (ill.).

Young, Mahonri Sharp. The Paintings of George Bellows. New York, 1973.

Wilmerding, John, ed. The Genius of American Painting. New York, 1973.

“Collection of Miss Amelia White.” Antiques 114 (November 1978) (ill.).

Detroit Institute of Arts. A Visitor’s Guide. 1995, p. 89 (ill.).

Walker, Pierre A., ed. Henry James on Culture: Collected Essays on Politics and the American Social Scene. London, NE, 1999 (ill.).

Beal, Graham W.J. American Beauty, Paintings from the Detroit Institute of Arts 1770-1920. London, 2002, pp. 84, 120.

Crane, Michael. Detroit's Annual Exhibition of American Art: The Foundation of a Collection. www.dia.org/research/online_publications/annual_american_art, 2005

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George Wesley Bellows, A Day in June, 1913, oil on canvas. Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit Museum of Art Purchase, Lizzie Merrill Palmer Fund, 17.17.

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