Reducing Exercises

Reducing Exercises

1916

George Bellows

(American, 1882-1925)

Lithograph

Image: 44.5 x 42.1 cm (17 1/2 x 16 9/16 in.)

Gift of Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. 1937.478

Catalogue raisonné: Mason 22

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Fueled by the advertising industry and the increasing popularity of movies, the ideal standard for women’s bodies began to evolve during the early 20th century, fostering a preference for more curvaceous profiles with thinner waists. Bellows’s Reducing Exercises presents a woman dutifully engaged in changing her physique while her male companion sleeps. When he first exhibited the print, the artist provided an accompanying quip: “Gymnastics before retiring are supposed to reduce the flesh. The husband is contented with his figure.”

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

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