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My Mother

A work made of oil on canvas.

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.


March 1921


George Wesley Bellows
American, 1882–1925

About this artwork

“There she would sit, as in a throne,” a niece once recalled of George Bellows’s mother, Anna. In this painting, which evokes the Parisian interiors of such French artists as Édouard Manet, Bellows depicted his mother in a large chair in the Victorian parlor of their family home in Columbus, Ohio. This forthright presentation of a distinguished, elderly woman with a strong character, coupled with the subdued palette, also recalls the portraiture of Thomas Eakins, whom Bellows greatly admired. The painting’s power derives in part from its highly structured composition. Influenced by the artist Jay Hambidge’s theory of dynamic symmetry, Bellows constructed the portrait in an organized, geometric arrangement of proportionate rectangles and triangles.


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Arts of the Americas


George Wesley Bellows


My Mother


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Made 1921


Oil on canvas


Signed lower right: Geo Bellows


210.8 × 124.5 cm (83 × 49 in.)

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Frank Russell Wadsworth Memorial

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