An American Experiment: George Bellows and the Ashcan Painters at the National Gallery


LONDON.- The National Gallery presents a small exhibition of 12 paintings that have never been seen before in the United Kingdom. On view from March 3 through May 30, 2011. ‘An American Experiment: George Bellows and the Ashcan Painters’ introduces visitors to Bellows and his artist friends (William Glackens, George Luks, John Sloan and their teacher Robert Henri), and to an important moment in the history of American painting. The Ashcan School was formed at the beginning of the 20th century as American painters, principally in New York City and Philadelphia, began to develop a uniquely American point of view on the beauty, violence and velocity of the modern world – and a new way to represent them. The most familiar reading of the Ashcan painters is as urban realists who embraced the brutal but vivid life of the city as their subject and found stark visual language through which to communicate their