“Dempsey and Firpo” (stored in the Whitney Museum of American Art), the scene of a boxer fight, can be considered the visiting card of the artist. A great sports lover, Bellows very juicy and dynamically showed the moment of the fight, and the work of the masters of the past is clearly felt in the work.
The National Gallery acquired the Men of the Docks canvas, created in 1912, the largest of a series of paintings with working people against the backdrop of winter views of New York. The group of workers on the quay in Brooklyn is not much different from the legendary “movers in the port” from the Odessa song about the Sailor Kostya. Now they have settled alongside famous Impressionist paintings, such as Monet and Pissarro. This pleasure cost the Londoners $ 25.5 million, honestly given to Randolph College (USA, Virginia). But where did the museum get the money from? From stock, of course! Funds for the purchase of paintings were found in the billionaire Jean-Paul Getty Foundation, founded in 2003 for precisely such noble purposes. Anonymous sources were also involved. The management of the British Museum is proud of its courage and innovation: this is a big step for the gallery, which finally decided to go beyond the established limits. Until now, they have focused mainly on works by European artists, starting from the time of the Renaissance and ending with the 20th century.Julia Vlaskina