Monday, July 9, 2012

Missing Wimbeldon

Sad that Wimbeldon is over for another year. This rather impressionistic piece by
George Bellows (American 1882-1925) "Tennis At Newport" shows how it all should be.
The joy of another perfect summer day.



2 comments:

  1. Oh dear....are the people the net? The picture is compelling but I'm afraid I don't get it. It could be a morning thing. But, I'm sure it's as it should be.

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  2. Yet another reason why we should make a trip to NY and the MET!

    This is the way the MET explains the painting. I just love the idea of the outfits floating around the grounds!

    "In August 1919, Bellows painted "Tennis at Newport" in his New York studio from sketches he had made the previous summer, and the following year (1920) he produced two lithographs of this subject. The annual tennis tournament at the Newport Casino in Rhode Island was an important sporting event and social occasion. In 1919, Bill Tilden and William Johnson were the star players, but Bellows's painting emphasizes the setting rather than the game. Although the players are seen in the foreground, racquets raised in volley, it is the spectators strolling about the grounds and lingering on the lawn who divert our attention. The artist draws our eye into the composition by means of the strong diagonal of sunlight that streams from behind the building in the background and through the trees. This geometrical framework is balanced by spontaneous, broad, and painterly brushstrokes. The overall style recalls the influence of Impressionism and of Bellows's contemporaries in "The Eight," particularly William Glackens and John Sloan."

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