George Bellows earned his reputation from the creation of paintings, lithographs, and drawings that reflected contemporary life. One of his frequent models was his wife, Emma, captured here in mid-stride. Emma’s arms appear to move powerfully, echoing her legs in their diagonal arrangement on the page. The rapidity of the crosshatching further amplifies the sensation of a quick and purposeful gait, which has blown Emma’s hair back from her face. An athlete himself, and an avid painter of boxing scenes in particular, Bellows reveals through this study a commitment to analyzing the depiction of motion. Indeed, this drawing, produced late in the artist’s short career, suggests his attention to the new technologies of film and chronophotography, both of which had introduced new techniques for the representation of movement, even that invisible to the unaided eye.
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