Wednesday, August 12

George Bellows - Men of the Docks (1912)

"Men of the Docks is an oil painting on canvas completed by the American artist George Bellows in 1912. ... It depicts a group of men, wearing overcoats smeared in grime, standing at a dock in Brooklyn together with some draft horses. These men appear to be day laborers, at the docks to find work. They look to the left, as if receiving a message, while a large steam liner looms over them to their right. Behind them are a tugboat and the waters and ice floes of the harbor in winter. Further behind them are the skyscrapers of the lower Manhattan skyline. The winter weather about them is bleak and gray. ..."
H.V. Allison
Samuel van der Swaagh