Manet & Bellows at the Royal Academy

Right, let’s start rounding up a few points because it’s ages since I’ve recorded any. Over Easter I went to the Royal Academy with Marcel and we viewed the Manet exhibition ‘Portraying Life’. It is on for another four days if you are in London.

The Railway, 1873.



To be completely fair, this exhibition could have been titled “Portraying the Leisure Activities of the Bourgeoisie’ without any loss of meaning.

The Croquet Game, 1873.



After that I was ready for something with a darker flavour so I was glad to stick around at the Royal Academy and take in “George Bellows (1882-1925): Modern American Life“.

From the RA website:

This exhibition will be the first retrospective of works by American realist painter George Bellows to be held in the UK. When Bellows died at age forty-two, he was considered one of the greatest artists in America. His fascination with New York’s gritty urban landscape, its technological marvels and the diversity of its inhabitants, made him both an artist of the modern city and an insightful observer of the dynamic and challenging decades of the early 20th century.


The White Hope, 1921

bellows white


Pennsylvania Station Excavation, 1909

bellows station


Two Art points.

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