The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of April 15, 2024

In the Subway

In the Subway

1921
(American, 1882–1925)
Platemark: 21.4 x 17.8 cm (8 7/16 x 7 in.); Sheet: 24.7 x 20.4 cm (9 3/4 x 8 1/16 in.)
Catalogue raisonné: Mason 88
Location: not on view

Did You Know?

The somewhat old-fashioned clothing of this couple by 1920s New York standards suggests that they may be recent immigrants to the city from Europe.

Description

Public transportation offered one of the various forms of entertainment to be had in the city: people watching. Here, George Bellows captured an amorous couple in a jolly mood who smile across the aisle at other travelers on a night out. The first subway line in New York City, from City Hall in lower Manhattan to Harlem, opened in 1904. By 1920, there were three lines covering the city’s outer boroughs and both sides of Manhattan. For five cents each, couples could go almost anywhere in the city for a night out on the town.
  • Ashcan School Prints and the American City, 1900-1940. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (July 18-December 26, 2021).
    George Bellows Prints: Centennial Exhibition. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (September 7-October 31, 1982).
    Humor in Prints. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (September 13-October 28, 1934).
    The George Wesley Bellows Memorial Exhibition. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (February 16-March 22, 1926).
  • {{cite web|title=In the Subway|url=false|author=George Bellows|year=1921|access-date=15 April 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

Source URL:

https://www.clevelandart.org/art/1937.502