Business Men's Class

Business Men's Class

1916

George Bellows

(American, 1882-1925)

Lithograph

Sheet: 54.1 x 70 cm (21 5/16 x 27 9/16 in.)

Gift of Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. 1936.630

Catalogue raisonné: Mason 20

Did you know?

The painter George Bellows resided at the West Side YMCA, where this scene takes place, which had 300 beds for men relocating to New York City.

Description

This scene takes place at the West Side YMCA, where George Bellows lived when he arrived in New York City from Columbus, Ohio, in 1904. Worry about the potentially debilitating impact of sedentary office jobs inspired new forms of exercise, such as calisthenics. Here, we see the artist’s satirical eye, as men of various body types and abilities attempt to mimic the graceful movements of the instructor.

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

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