Apr 9, 2013
Apr 9, 2013

Solitude

Solitude

1917

George Bellows

(American, 1882-1925)

Lithograph

Platemark: 43.3 x 39 cm (17 1/16 x 15 3/8 in.); Sheet: 60.8 x 54.7 cm (23 15/16 x 21 9/16 in.)

Gift of Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. 1936.580

Catalogue raisonné: Mason 37

Did you know?

The benches in this image are a specific type called the “Central Park settee.”

Description

In addition to leisure and recreation, city parks provided a place where couples could spend time together away from families and crowded apartments. Emphasizing the murky black of the night, George Bellows used tusche, a greasy ink, layered over lithographic crayon to create the mood of this print of park benches full of couples too absorbed in each other to notice anyone around them. A solitary man along the left edge is both physically and psychologically isolated from the others. Bellows often placed observers in his prints to suggest a connection between them and the viewer.

See also
Collection: 
PR - Lithograph
Department: 
Prints
Type of artwork: 
Print
Medium: 
Lithograph

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