Lot 17
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George Wesley Bellows

150,000 - 250,000 USD
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  • George Wesley Bellows
  • The White Woman
  • signed Geo Bellows (lower right), titled THE WHITE WOMAN. (lower center) and inscribed AND THERE WAS HEDDA HAGEN. (lower center margin)
  • conté crayon on paper


Hammer Galleries, New York, 1968
Private collection, Columbus, Ohio (acquired from the above)
By descent to the present owner, 2008 


New York, Hammer Galleries, Recent Acquisitions: Summer Exhibition, June-September 1967, no. 31, illustrated n.p.


Artist's Record Book B, p. 267
Donn Bryne, The Wind Bloweth, New York, 1922, illustrated n.p. 

Catalogue Note

George Bellows began his career as a graphic illustrator, executing images for such prominent publications as Vanity Fair, Collier's and Harper's, and earning praise for drawings that were "bold, simple, vivid, and lively to capture the reader's interest" (Linda Ayres, "Bellows: The Boxing Drawings," Bellows: The Boxing Pictures, Washington, D.C., 1982, p. 50). Though these early commissions provided the young artist with a consistent source of income that he no longer needed as he achieved wide recognition and success as a painter by 1915, Bellows continued to contribute illustrations to magazine, journals and popular novels for the rest of his brief but celebrated career. 

The White Woman is one of 15 illustrations Bellows rendered for Donn Bryne's 1922 novel, The Wind Bloweth. It depicts the moment when the novel's young protagonist meets a beautiful blonde woman named Hedda Hagen during the course of his travels at sea. Executed in the last period of Bellow's life, it exemplifies the more stylized and elegant aesthetic he cultivated in the 1920s after which he and his family began to spend the summer and autumn months of the year in Woodstock, New York.