Apr 9, 2013

The Street

The Street


George Bellows

(American, 1882–1925)


Platemark: 48.3 x 38.5 cm (19 x 15 3/16 in.); Sheet: 65.4 x 48 cm (25 3/4 x 18 7/8 in.)

Gift of Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. 1936.547

Catalogue raisonné: Mason 47


Did you know?

The Third Avenue Elevated train seen in this print, constructed in 1878, covered the length of the Bowery in New York until its closure starting in 1950.


Tenement dwellers on the Lower East Side of Manhattan spent much of their time on their stoops or in the street socializing, eating, playing, or otherwise escaping their cramped living spaces. Here, the elevated train makes the crowded street feel especially claustrophobic. A woman scolds a barefoot street urchin before a curious audience in the center of the activity. In the foreground, two young women stand out in their gleaming white outfits amid the endless gray tones of the crowd. As ready-to-wear fashions became increasingly available, women of every class could go out on the town sporting the latest styles.

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