Alexander Nemerov, photo courtesy of Bob Richman

True Guilt: Edward Hopper and the Death of George Bellows


Museum Lecture Hall

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Did Edward Hopper kill George Bellows? Of course not. But Bellows’s sudden death at age 42 in 1925 impacted Hopper’s art in profound though largely unspoken ways. The two American realist painters were contemporaries and acquaintances: both were born in 1882 and both had been art students in New York. One—Bellows—was successful early; the other—Hopper—became a success only after Bellows’s death. In this talk Alexander Nemerov, chair of art and art history at Stanford University, explores the way Bellows’s art haunts the paintings of his friend. Complements the exhibition True Grit: American Prints and Photographs from 1900 to 1950.

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