An example of a lithograph print after the famous 1924 painting "Dempsey and Firpo" by the highly important American artist GEORGE BELLOWS (1882-1925). The print is apparently not from the artist and printer-signed edition of 103 which brings upwards of $25,000 when offered at auction. This appears to be a later, posthumous example. The image measurements are 17 3/8" by 21 3/8" (sheet 17 3/4" by 21 3/4") and 25 1/2" by 29" framed. Bellows is among the very top tier of historical American artists, his work "Polo Crowd" having sold for $25,000,000 at auction in 1999. Born in Columbus, Ohio, the naturally talented Bellows attended Ohio State but shortly before graduation left for New York where he studied with Robert Henri, Kenneth Hayes Mill and Hardesty Gilmore Maratta. There, he accepted commercial work (which he continued to do throughout his artistic life) but began by 1908 to paint urban scenes with an eye to the grittiness and crude life of the working class. The so-called "Ashcan School" led by "The Eight" flourished for a time. Bellows was drawn also to depictions of boxing, and it was his famous painting "Dempsey and Firpo" that served as the basis for this equally famous lithograph image. Bellows acquired a lithography press by 1916 and between 1921 and 1924 collaborated with printer Bolton Brown. Bellows' life was cut short by an abdominal infection resulting from a burst appendix in 1925. This print is in good condition with narrow margins. There is a browned vertical area from the central fighter's elbow down into the lower leg of his opponent, and a very short edge tear very slightly into the image at bottom center (hidden by framing), as well as a few other very small edge abrasions. The contemporary silvery and dark gray frame is very complementary to the grays and blacks of the print.
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