Bellow's had a rather short career as he died at the early age of 42, but in that short time he painted some very vivid depictions of life in and around New York.
This vivid depiction of two boxers slugging it out is probably his best known painting. Boxing at the time was illegal, and fights were held only in private clubs with little regard for the rules. This painting captures the brute force and excitement of the onlookers very well.
Another subject that captured bellow's imagination was the development of New York as shown in this view of the building of Penn Station.
His landscapes also included some winter scenes set in the countryside around New York, such as this beautifully painted landscape called "Rain on the River".
They also portrayed more affluent New Yorker's enjoying the snow, as in this delightful scene called "Love of Winter"
He also painted some very exciting seascapes which seem to show the influence of possibly the greatest American painter of the sea, Homer Winslow. His paintings of the sea certainly capture the power of the waves,as in this painting called "West Wind"
Like Winslow Homer he also showed the hard conditions under which fishermen worked.
Towards the end of his life he adopted a more surrealist approach, and though his work is still very powerful I feel that it lacks the realism that epitomises his earlier work. This one is called "The Fisherman's Family"
I found his painting quite exciting and more reminiscent of earlier painters like Manet and Van Gogh, than of his European contemporaries like Picasso and Matisse. This is an exhibition which is really worthwhile visiting, giving you a very good introduction to an important American painter, who deserves to be far better known over here.