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Creator Bellows, George Wesley (1882-1925) .
Title Both Members of This Club
Location Washington, D.C., United States
Coverage American modern, Ashcan School, 20th century American
Date 1909 CE
Description The title of Both Members of This Club refers to the practice of granting “membership” to boxers only for the duration of their bouts. Bellows indicated his low opinion of the elitist crowd by converting them into grotesque caricatures roaring approval of the bloodshed. Creating a sense of immediacy, three rows of spectators block off our view, and the ringside ropes loom overhead.The location is Tom Sharkey’s Athletic Club. (Sharkey’s is also the setting for Bellows’ Club Night of 1907 in the National Gallery, the first of his six oil paintings of boxing matches.) The black contestant is Joe Gans, lightweight champion for eight years. Gans’ famous “right punch after blocking a lead” may have led Bellows to record that maneuver for its own sake.
Subject American painting
Athletic clubs
Sports
Boxing
Type Digital
Format Jpeg2000, 1.26 MB
Medium Oil on Canvas, 115 x 160.5 cm (45 1/4 x 63 1/8 in.)
Identifier Wang0372
Rights Kathleen Cohen
Rights Holder National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
Record number 000000088

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