The epic tale of the University of Wisconsin LaCrosse Printmaking Program. The Printmaking program is directed by Joel Elgin and features the odd collection of the many PrintFools who enroll, print and exist from semester to semester in the Shop of Tears.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

George Bellows 1882 - 1925, "War Series"

From the War Series...

The Return of the Useless
(1918) Lithograph Print
24-7/8 x 30-3/4 inches
63.3 x 78 cm.
Image: 19-7/8 x 21-1/2
"
Murder of Edith Cavell
(1918) Lithograph mounted on heavy weight paper Print
20-1/8 x 26 inches
51.2 x 66 cm.
Image: 18-3/4 x 24-3


British Red Cross nurse Edith Cavell was found guilty of helping wounded Allied soldiers to escape and was executed by firing squad October 12, 1915, despite international protest.

Look at Bellows' "War Series":
http://www.sdmart.org/bellows/art-war.html


Look at his source, "The Bryce Report":
http://www.firstworldwar.com/source/brycereport.htm

OK - I know the content is a little rough so here is happy link. If you Sister Maggie had learned this perhaps she would have avoided being "shitcanned" for never cleaning the shop:
The Walk of Shame Dirge or Maggie's Song

33 comments:

zoe said...

Hey guess what! UW - L women's cross country took second at Regionals! That means we have automatically qualified for Nationals next weekend =)

Bec★ said...

Bellows litho of "Massacre at Dinant" is complex and captivating. Its interesting that such powerful imagery was in an 1918 issue of Vanity Fair, a contemporary American magazine of culture, fashion, and politics. More magazines today should utilize the talents of politically minded artists.

katelyn said...

These prints are incredible. They almost look like photos with how solid everything is, and the shadows.

Mark K said...

The print of "The Cigarette" is downright frightening. The detail really makes the prints hit home. Good bit of history on the "Bryce Report" too.

Lisa said...

...ditto Becca & Mark.

Also, check out his print, "The German's Arrive". Its haunting.
It was difficult to read parts of The Bryce Report...the grizzly and appaling things they did.

Bellows was incredible. He could translate the dramatic images from his head to the stone...with such incredible gesture (much like Kollwitz & Goya).

Big congrats to Zoe & the UW-L women's cross country team!

carly said...

Congrats Zoe!!
These prints are so detailed - very impressed. What's more inviting to me is their titles which are so profound (the return of the USELESS.. MURDER.. MASSACRE...) very cool.
oh, and nice cleanup song. hahaha. emphasis on the "put the lids back onnn!!!"

libbyhansen said...

Congrats Zoe!!!

Short this week, sorry...
Bellows' use of dramatic values captivate the viewer and pull them in to search the recesses of each print. Worthy and direct content.

Show your brotherly and sisterly love when you all attend the Senior Show Friday night from 5-7pm!!!

Bethany said...

These prints are haunting. I agree, "The Cigarette" is frightening.
The Bryce Report was intense.

I am so glad we have this blog, I feel like I learn so much each week about powerful artists.

The clean up song is great. Too bad Maggie, too bad.

Cara said...

man, bellow's images are brutal. So life like, so disturbing.

Friends said...

Ah HA HA HA, that song was funny.
As for the prints...I never knew that German's had Belgian slaves, that was neat to learn.

The Cigarette was very gruesome, it made me thing of some of the horrible things that happen to POWs. It also reminded me of that woman and some others who were prisioners for about 5 years and severely abused. Although the woman I'm thinking of lived, I remember her wishing that she hadn't at times if it hadn't been for her family.
I think that this artist did a good job at showing the sides of war that are hidden as best as they can be, or are at least forgotten as fast as we can forget them.

Jewels said...

I really like how dark these prints are. The highlights are really neat too. its seams like they are done perfectly to pop the images out.

ps. Good job Zoe!

Pss. EVERYONE Do you guys like peanut butter blossoms or gingerbread cookies better?! I want to make a family recipe for snacks before we're done for the semester. Let me know!

Jumpy said...

The prints are very powerful in subject and technique "The Cigarrette" is the most compelling to me and the story of the nurse who was murdered for helping allied soldiers. The lithographs make me wish I had the time to take litho.

Anyways we should all have the time to learn that song while we pick up after ourselves and others in the shop :)

kirky b said...

these print are amazing, but a little disturbing. i think im going to put that clean up song on disk and bring it in for thursday =]
haha

mao said...

I agree with Lisa, Bellows War Series prints are haunting. They are so charged with emotions. I can't stop thinking about "The Cigarette" print. I'm so disgusted with the torturing of women and children in war, in particular, torturing women and children to "get back", for lack of a better word,at the men.

Sarah said...

The gestures and lines convey so much emotion in these prints, so much that they are sometimes hard to look at because of the frightened and negative feeling you get when viewing his prints. The subject matter has to be dealt with thought, and Bellows does an awesome job.

Meagan said...

I agree with everyone about "The Cigarette". Bellows is a litho god, I can't believe the detail, here are some prints to strive for. His range of value is incredible. His portraits really struck me too, they are so realistic.

Mallory_Heesch said...

The accounts in the Bryce report were horiffic. I obviously didnt read the whole thing (wow, that's a long reading) but I scrolled down here and there and read quite a few paragraphs... I am stunned at the brutality. I think war can sometimes de-sensitize the soldiers involved and make them forget the value of a human life. that's really the only rationalization I can imagine for the soldiers involved in maiming and killing innocent civilians.

Heavy stuff... which is why George Bellows prints are so powerful in content and emotion.

Erin said...

I know everyone else is talking about the cigarette but DAMN! Talk about content!!!!I have to admit that these are the most eerie war prints we've seen all semester. I think its something about the way he balances light and dark tones that makes it so eerie to me.

Keriann said...

These prints are awesome. I really enjoyed the positioning of the figures in the first onw. The titles add a lot to them too!

Caitlin said...

those lithos are intense. that inspires me to make my lithos really detailed.

'The Cigarette' is really intense.

'Murder of Edith Cavell' is really powerful to me as well.

Jen said...

I definatly agree with Bethany, that "The Cigarette" is frightening. Bellows lithos are amazing, looking at them makes me excited for litho next semster.

ps. love the clean up song!

chels said...

Im really impressed how bellow expresses so much emotion in both of his lithos! Its also interesting how one image captures your eye and how everything else helps it move around the print.

Nels said...

Wow! These lithos make me anxious for next semester!

lachness said...

first off... congrats zoe!

second.. good luck all of your in the show on friday!!

third.. i came into the shop this semester for the sole purpose of getting shit canned after all of those years... so joel
thank you

lachness said...

ps. thanks again for the cookies nels!!

Erica said...

wow! the lithos are amazing but gruesome...the cigarette piece is extremely terrifying of the lady with her boob cut off and the other dead woman in the window with the dude chillin smoking the cig like it was nothing..gives me chills!

Allison B said...

Congrats Zoe!

I love these prints. the bryce report was a littel harsh to hear some of the things they did they is...crazy

ellen said...

these are fantastic. they actually make me excited about starting litho next semester.

Kirky B said...

my new blog.
http://soyoungsoinsane.blogspot.com/

britt luecke said...

these prints are awesome..they almost look like photographs..such incredible detail and shading..i like how dark they are

carly said...

nels - i agree!! these prints make me stoked for litho!!!

Jillian said...

He uses light to draw the eye very well. It gives the images a haunting quality while highlighting focal points.

Friends said...

Are we done with the blog? Idon't mean for life, but but for needing to respond to artists this semester?