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Image of The Life Class, Second Stone

George Bellows
American, 1882–1925

The Life Class, Second Stone


Object Type: Print
Creation Place: North America, American
13 15/16 in. x 19 3/8 in. (35.4 cm x 49.21 cm)
Medium and Support: Lithograph on paper
Accession Number: 1980.0011

Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Weil, Jr., in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Weil, Sr.

Bellows made three versions of a scene in Robert Henri’s life class held at night, this second lithographic print being the most successful. The first version (The Life Class, First Stone, M.8) is one of his earliest lithographic efforts and may have been printed only once (an impression exhibited in 1946). He also produced an etching in five states that utilizes this same subject, its design reversed from the first lithograph.

Henri left the New York School of Art and set up his own studio for instruction at the Lincoln Arcade Building in 1909. This image depicts the life class that was designed for artists who worked during the day. The space depicted in the lithograph was just down the hall from a studio space (and residence) that Bellows had shared with other artists since 1906. The Lincoln Arcade Building was located at 1987 Broadway, and Henri’s Art School opened on the same floor as Bellows home/studio in 1909.

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