George Bellows was a realist with a technique perfectly adapted to his frank impressions.
An amateur ballplayer, he maintained a life-long interest in sports, and his paintings of polo matches and prize-fight rings are often considered his finest work. The crowds in attendance
at the fights were presented in summary fashion, as they were mere accessories to the main event, but they were not the only crowds Bellows painted. As is evident here, he became singularly expert at conveying the sense of motion of a crowd, in this case a group of elegant New Yorkers enjoying a late afternoon outing in Central Park. In the background is the symbol of the twentieth-century American city: a skyscraper.
Artist George Wesley Bellows, American, 1882-1925
Title
  • A Day in June
Date 1913
Medium oil on canvas
Dimensions Unframed: 36 1/2 × 48 inches (92.7 × 121.9 cm)
Framed: 43 3/4 × 56 1/16 × 3 3/8 inches (111.1 × 142.4 × 8.6 cm)
Credit Line Detroit Museum of Art Purchase, Lizzie Merrill Palmer Fund
Accession Number 17.17
Department American Art before 1950
Not On View
Signed Signed, lower left center: Geo. Bellows
1913-1917, George Wesley Bellows;
1917-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
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Ninth Annual Exhibition of Selected Paintings by American Artists. Exh. cat., Buffalo Fine Arts Academy. Buffalo, NY, 1914, no. 13.

Paintings by George Bellows. Exh. cat., Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago, 1914, no. 21.

Eighty-Ninth Annual Exhibition. Exh. cat., National Academy of Design. New York, 1914, no. 36.

Exhibition of Paintings by George Bellows. Exh. cat., Montross Gallery. New York, 1914, no. 17.

Special Exhibition of Paintings by Mr. George Bellows. Exh. cat., Cincinnati Art Museum. Cincinnati, 1915, no. 9.

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Exhibition of Paintings and Drawings by George Bellows. Exh. cat., Whitney-Richards Gallery. New York, 1915, no. 2.

Exhibition of Paintings by George Bellows, New York City. Exh. cat., Worcester Art Museum. Worcester, MA, 1915, no. 18.

Third Annual Exhibition of Selected Paintings by American Artists. Exh. cat., Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, 1917, pp. 12-13, no. 4.

112th Annual Exhibition. Exh. cat., The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Philadelphia, 1917, no. 273

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Twentieth Century American Painting. Exh. cat., University of Minnesota. Minneapolis, 1953, no. 25.

Paintings by George Bellows. Exh. cat., Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts. Columbus, OH, 1957, no. 28.

50th Anniversary Exhibition. Exh. cat., Art Gallery of Hamilton. Hamilton, Ontario, 1964, no. 1 (ill.).

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