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on October 12, 2012
I saw the George Bellows exhibit in Washington and was blown away by his works. As soon as I got home, I ordered this book. When it arrived, though, I was greatly disappointed by the quality of the image reproduction. The colors have none of the vibrancy of the originals - they are muted, muddy, and dark. Flesh tones that jump out at you from the painting are just warm gray swaths on these pages. This is sad, since Bellows was a master at using color, light, and brush strokes to focus attention where he wanted and and to guide your eye around the canvas. I put the blame on the printer whose quality control is pretty abysmal.
Another annoyance are interminably long essays, often laced with artspeak, that don't shed that much light on Bellows or his work. Well, they do shed light, but you have to wade through a lot to get it. I'm a fan of being clear, concise, and to the point, and you won't find that here.
On the positive side, this is a great compendium of Bellows' work. It has tons of drawings, lithographs, prints, paintings, as well as photos of Bellows and New York during the time he worked there. This is a must-have book for artists who aim to work in a similar style, for fans of Bellows, and for art schools in general. I only wish the color was up to snuff.