In an Elevator

In an Elevator


George Bellows

(American, 1882–1925)


Platemark: 25.3 x 20.3 cm (9 15/16 x 8 in.); Sheet: 32.8 x 26.9 cm (12 15/16 x 10 9/16 in.)

Gift of Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. 1936.606

Catalogue raisonné: Mason 32


Did you know?

The young African American man in this image is the elevator operator, responsible for manually operating the lift.


Elevators, in 1916 as today, often inspire awkward social interactions. George Bellows himself described this print as a “study of the relation of a nun to society.” The Old World European values and modesty of the nun contrast to the younger, more boisterous passengers, who give wide berth to her dominating physical and moral presence.

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PR - Lithograph
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