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In this painting, George Bellows, a member of the "Ashcan School" of early twentieth-century American artists, depicts the hustle-and-bustle of Union Square, already surrounded by skyscrapers and billboards. The members of the Ashcan School were known for their often gritty portrayals of urban life, particularly in poor and immigrant neighborhoods' subject matter that placed them beyond the pale of what was considered the standard of artistic decorum at the time.

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Source | George Bellows, New York, 1911, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art,
Creator | George Bellows
Item Type | Painting
Cite This document | George Bellows, “New York,” SHEC: Resources for Teachers, accessed December 4, 2023,

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